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To Ms. Tebow at the Super Bowl: You Had a Choice

Posted by Megan Tackney, Outreach Manager for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: February 02, 2010 at 04:58 pm

by Megan Tackney, Program Associate, 
National Women's Law Center

We would like to give Ms. Tebow a one-person-in-a-quiet-room round of applause for having the opportunity to make the choice that was right for her.

Recently, CBS has found itself front and center in a debate over an ad about abortion to be run during the Super Bowl by the controversial organization, Focus on the Family. The ad features Pam Tebow, mother of football player Tim Tebow, talking about her decision to continue her pregnancy even after doctors told her that her life was in danger if she went through with the pregnancy.

Ms. Tebow had an important decision to make that many women face every day. Provided with her options, she chose to keep the pregnancy. In coming forward and describing her experience, we would like to say: thank you Ms. Tebow (and CBS) for reminding us how hard that choice must have been for you. We hope that you will not forget to highlight the part of your story where you were asked, “What do you think you should do?” In the chaos of script writing, please don’t skip over that line about the choice you were given.

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Patricia Smith is One Step Closer to Confirmation!

Posted by Rachel Peck, Fellow | Posted on: February 02, 2010 at 03:29 pm

by Rachel Peck, Fellow, 
National Women's Law Center 

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Weekly Round-Up

Posted by | Posted on: February 01, 2010 at 10:08 pm

by Andrea Maruniak, Program Assistant,
and Delaney Parrish, Intern,
National Women's Law Center

PunditMom reflected on the continuing work of Lilly Ledbetter and the movement to pass key pay equity legislation on the anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

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Obama Budget Supports Essential Services for Women and Children

Posted by | Posted on: February 01, 2010 at 09:28 pm

The following is a statement by NWLC Co-President Nancy Duff Campbell on the budget that President Obama released today:

“We are pleased that President Obama’s budget protects vital programs for women and children from the budget scalpel and includes much-needed increases in some areas. The budget calls for the comprehensive health care reform women need, provides states additional funding to preserve Medicaid services vital to women and children, and modestly increases funding for some women’s health programs, including family planning. The budget makes a critically important investment in education starting with the first years of life, with additional funding for child care, Head Start, K-12 education, and Pell Grants. It provides some additional funding for safety net programs, including extended unemployment insurance benefits and COBRA assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (formerly Food Stamps), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, child support enforcement, and foster care. It increases support for domestic violence and child abuse prevention programs and strengthens enforcement of civil rights and worker protection laws.

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Twenty-Somethings Not Taking Control of Our Reproductive Health

Posted by Micole Allekotte, Fellow | Posted on: February 01, 2010 at 03:38 pm

by Micole Allekotte, Health Fellow,
National Women's Law Center

This post is part of a series on a recent study on the nation's high rates of unplanned pregnancy.

Recently the increase in the teenage pregnancy rate has been the big news in the sex education debate, but often we seem to forget that teenagers grow up and become young adults, with our (slightly) less controversial sexuality and our (almost) as widespread desire not to get pregnant when we have sex. Despite the fact that 86% of unmarried people in our twenties have had sex and at least the same percentage of us believe that pregnancy should be planned, 7 in 10 pregnancies among unmarried 20-something women are unplanned. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy recently did a study to figure out why we have such a high rate of unintended pregnancy despite our stated intentions not to get pregnant. Here is what they found:

When it comes to contraception, we don’t know much.
By our own assessments, young adults know little or nothing about some of the most commonly used and most accessible forms of birth control.
• 63% say they know little or nothing about birth control pills.
• Almost 1/3 say they know little or nothing about condoms.
And lest you think young adults are just underestimating or being modest …
• Almost half of those who have relied on birth control pills incorrectly believed you should take a break from the pill every few years, and 14% incorrectly believed that birth control pills are effective even if a woman misses two or three days in a row.
• Almost ¼ incorrectly believe that wearing two condoms will provide extra protection, and more than 1/3 incorrectly believe that it is ok to use latex-destroying petroleum jelly as lubricant.

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Secretary Solis on the Ledbetter Act Anniversary

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Senior Vice President for Program | Posted on: January 29, 2010 at 09:30 pm

By Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment,
National Women's Law Center

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Fair Pay One Year Later

Posted by Fatima Goss Graves, Senior Vice President for Program | Posted on: January 29, 2010 at 08:37 pm

By Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment,
and Kavitha Sivashanker, Fellow,
National Women's Law Center

Cross-Posted from ACSBlog

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Justice Prevails in Guilty Verdict For Murder of Dr. George Tiller

Posted by | Posted on: January 29, 2010 at 05:44 pm

Today a jury convicted Scott Roeder of first-degree murder in the death of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas.

The statement of Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women's Law Center, follows:

"Justice has prevailed in the senseless murder of Dr. George Tiller.  We hope that Scott Roeder's conviction of first-degree murder will send a potent message that violence toward abortion providers will not be tolerated."

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