Monthly Archives: July 2009

Asylum for Domestic Violence Survivors

The Obama Administration has taken a step forward for international women’s rights by announcing that domestic violence victims from other countries would be granted asylum in the United States. The qualifications for being granted asylum are: In addition to meeting … Continue reading

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FDA Approves One-Pill Plan B and Lowers Age Requirement for OTC Use

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a one-pill version of Plan B, called Plan B One Step. Additionally, the FDA has approved marketing the drug to women age 17 and older. In a press release, the FDA said that … Continue reading

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WLP Executive Director on Reporting Rape

Carol Tracy, Executive Director of the Women’s Law Project, was quoted in an article this weekend in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Rape statistics are down in New Orleans, but this may be due to a mislabeling of rapes and sex … Continue reading

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Debate Over Screening for Postpartum Depression

The “Melanie Blocker-Stokes Moms’ Opportunity to Access Health, Education, Research, and Support for Postpartum Depression Act” or more commonly known as the “Melanie Blocker-Stokes MOTHERS Act” is causing a surprising petition war on Capitol Hill. The Act calls for federal … Continue reading

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Rep. Murphy Introduces Bill to Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

As a follow up to our recent post on former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s public statements against the policy of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” we bring you good news from the U.S. Congress:  Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA, 8th District), … Continue reading

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Planned Parenthood Study Finds Ways to Decrease Infection With Abortion Pill

A new study by Planned Parenthood shows that the risk of infections associated with abortion pills can be decreased by taking the drugs orally (instead of vaginally) and with a concurrently prescribed course of antibiotics.  After infections and some deaths … Continue reading

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Court Requires Pharmacists to Dispense Plan B

On Wednesday, a federal appeals court unanimously agreed that pharmacists are required to dispense Plan B to patients regardless of any personal or religious objections to the drug. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth … Continue reading

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