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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Issues in the U.S. Ratification Debate

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Civil/Human Rights,Disability,Marriage/Family,Treaties,United Nations

Discusses areas of debate over whether the U.S. should join 138 other countries in ratifying the UN CRPD treaty.  Areas of debate include alleged loss of U.S. sovereignty, parental rights, and the issue of abortion.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Merit Systems Protection Board


Use of Family Planning and Related Medical Services Among Women Aged 15-44 in the United States: National Survey of Family Growth, 2006-2010

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Headlines,Health/Medical,Statistics,Women

43 million women received family planning or related services  within the previous 12 months during the 2006-2010 period.  Pap tests and pelvic exams were the most common services received followed by receipt of a method of birth control.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Headlines,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Women

Final regulations issued by the Obama Administration to try to balance coverage of health care services including women’s preventive health and contraceptive services with accommodations for religious employers who are opposed to offering contraceptive coverage.  From the Department of Health and Human Services


World Abortion Policies 2013

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Statistics,United Nations,Women

A wall chart showing country by country information on family planning, the abortion rate, legal grounds for abortion, fertility rate, and maternal mortality rate.  From the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.


U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2013

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Health/Medical


Comprises recommendations that address a select group of common , yet sometimes controversial, issues regarding initiation and use of specific contraceptive methods.  Intended to serve as a source of clinical guidance for health-care providers and to be used with U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use 2010, which describes who can use various methods of contraception.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


FDA Approves Plan B One-Step Emergency Contraceptive Without a Prescription for Women 15 Years of Age and Older

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts,Women

Press release which announces agency approval of the application to market Plan B without prescription for women 15+.  The FDA action follows an April 2013 ruling by a New York Federal District judge that the product should be available without age or point of sale restrictions.  From the Food and Drug Administration


Tummino v. Hamburg

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Headlines,Marriage/Family,Supreme Court/courts,Women

Ruling of Federal District Court Judge Edward Korman that Plan B One-Step, the so-called Morning-after pill, should be available without prescription to women of all ages.  Reverses a prior decision of the Food and Drug Administration at the direction of the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  From the U.S. Courts, Eastern District Court of New York.


Abortion and Family Planning-Related Provisions in U.S. Foreign Assistance Law and Policy

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Foreign Assistance,Laws/Regulations,Marriage/Family

This report describes legislation and policies that restrict or place requirements on U.S. funding of abortion or family planning activities abroad.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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