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Stand Up and Serve

Posted by NWLC, Intern | Posted on: July 02, 2009 at 05:00 pm

by Amy Rosenthal, Outreach Intern, 
National Women's Law Center 

In a recent message, President Obama has called on Americans to “stand up and serve.” The Corporation for National & Community Service is carrying the message coast to coast this summer through its “United We Serve” program which encourages people from all backgrounds to “become engaged in issues such as education, health care, energy independence, economic renewal, and other issues.” 

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D.C. Graduation Rates Continue to Drop

Posted by Kolbe Franklin, Program Associate | Posted on: July 02, 2009 at 03:22 pm

by Kolbe Franklin, Program Assistant,   
National Womens Law Center 

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No Justice for Rape Victims: Realities of Budget Cuts

Posted by NWLC, Intern | Posted on: July 02, 2009 at 12:00 pm

by Amy Rosenthal, Outreach Intern, 
National Women's Law Center 

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Teen Parents Can Succeed

Posted by Melanie Ross Levin, Director of Outreach | Posted on: July 01, 2009 at 05:00 pm

by Melanie Ross Levin, Outreach Manager, 
National Women’s Law Center 

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Declare Your Independence from Insurance Companies

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: July 01, 2009 at 03:59 pm

by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights, 
National Women’s Law Center 

This week, as our nation celebrates its independence, we want you to think about your own:

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Emergency Contraception – Some Good News and Some Bad

Posted by Ellen Newcomb, Program Assistant | Posted on: June 30, 2009 at 08:00 pm

by Ellen Newcomb, Program Assistant, 
and Jen Swedish, Health Law Fellow, 
National Women’s Law Center 

Last Wednesday, the FDA approved a generic version of the emergency contraception pill, Plan B. For now, this new generic version of emergency contraception (EC) will only be available with a prescription to women ages 17 and under. The generic (thus, less expensive) version may become available over-the-counter to women 18 and over in August, when Duramed Pharmaceuticals will no longer hold marketing exclusivity for nonprescription use of Plan B. (You may recall that a court recently ordered the FDA to make EC available to 17-year-olds without a prescription and to reconsider its decision to impose any age restrictions at all on nonprescription use of EC. The FDA has begun the process to enable 17-year-olds to access EC over-the-counter, but – for now – 17-year-old women still need a prescription, but they will have access to the generic version of EC.)

Currently, over-the-counter Plan B can cost up to $55 for women 18 and older. Private insurance companies may not cover Plan B because drugs sold over-the-counter are often not covered by insurance, and some state Medicaid programs won’t cover it at all. The generic version will lower the cost of EC, making EC more accessible for the women who need it.

But, with the good comes the bad. Arizona and Louisiana are both about to enact laws that will make it more difficult for women to access EC and other vital reproductive health care services.

A harmful refusal bill in Arizona has successfully made its way through the state House and Senate and is waiting for Governor Jan Brewer’s signature. Among other anti-choice provisions, HB 2564 allows any pharmacy, hospital, or health professional, or any employee thereof, who cites a moral or religious objection, to refuse to provide EC. If this bill is enacted, Arizona hospitals could deny EC to sexual assault survivors and pharmacists could refuse to provide EC to women who need it, even though EC is a time-sensitive drug that is most effective in the first 12-24 hours after birth control failure, unprotected sex, or sexual assault. In addition to allowing refusals for EC, the Arizona bill would also allow pharmacists and pharmacies to refuse to fill prescriptions for some of the most widely used forms of birth control. We’re hoping that Governor Brewer recognizes that this bill will harm women’s access to vital health services and that she’ll veto the bill.

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Innovative Program Keeps Teen Mothers in School

Posted by Kolbe Franklin, Program Associate | Posted on: June 30, 2009 at 05:53 pm

by Kolbe Franklin, Program Assistant for the Education and Employment Team 
National Womens Law Center 

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