Observers wonder why Democrats have not talked more about the benefits for women in health care reform legislation: guaranteed maternity care, no longer being charged higher premiums than men, and eliminating the practice of allowing insurers to classify Cesarean sections and domestic violence as pre-existing conditions.
The FDA approved the HPV vaccine Cervarix for women and girls aged 10 to 25 and approved Gardasil for boys and men aged 9 to 26. Both vaccines fight the strains of HPV that cause about 70% of cervical cancer cases.
This week the CDC will consider whether to recommend routine HPV vaccination for boys.
Guardian columnist Megan Carpentier writes that the new Oklahoma law creating an online database of all abortions performed in the state is tantamount to a scarlet letter for women seeking abortion care.
The Senate version of the fiscal year 2010 Department of State and foreign affairs spending bill includes a provision that would permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule, which prohibits foreign aid dollars from supporting agencies or organizations that provide, refer for or even discuss abortion care. The policy was lifted in January by executive order. Anti-choice groups are mobilizing in opposition.
Anti-gay rights activists have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the state should release the names of the Referendum 71 petition-signers.
Wazhma Frogh, recipient of the U.S. State Department’s 2009 International Women of Courage Award for Afghanistan, writes in the Washington Post that Afghanistan must not be controlled by groups that would deprive women of the most basic human rights.