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House plans to defund Planned Parenthood, contraceptives, health counseling

The US House of Representatives is expected to pass an amendment to the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 by this weekend that would cut millions of dollars in funding to Planned Parenthood for contraceptives, reproductive health counseling and cancer screenings. The amendment eliminates all $327 million in funding…

Congressman targets federal funding for the war on drugs

Colorado Congressman Jared Polis has offered two amendments to the House continuing resolution that would eliminate much of the federal funding for the war on drugs in the United States. The House is currently debating HR 1, the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011. The bill is needed to…

Majority oppose cutting funding for health care reform

A Republican plan to cut off funding for the Affordable Care Act isn’t very popular with the American people. A recent CBS News poll found that 55 percent disapproved of the idea, and only 35 percent approved. The results were split along party lines. In all, 57 percent of Republicans…

US Internet censorship fight falling short: report

WASHINGTON — State Department efforts to combat Internet censorship in China and other countries have fallen short and funding for the drive should be shifted to another US agency, a Senate committee report says. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee report sharply criticizes the State Department for being slow in spending…

Republicans target Planned Parenthood, contraceptives, safe sex counseling

WASHINGTON – A new Republican bill defunding the health and abortion services group Planned Parenthood would also cut millions of dollars in funding for contraceptives, reproductive health counseling and cancer screenings. The measure would eliminate all $327 million in funding for Title X, a family planning program that began 40…

Exclusive: 2 million mentally ill people missing from national gun check system

The issue of gun control leapt back into the national discourse in the wake of January’s Tucson massacre. But one of the most shocking gaps in the effort to prevent people prohibited by law from purchasing firearms continues to fly beneath the radar. Records of at least two million dangerously…

Republicans push tax hike on private insurance plans with abortion coverage

WASHINGTON – A provision in a high-priority Republican bill would effectively hike taxes on private insurance plans that include abortion coverage, representing a significant threat to the pro-abortion-rights movement. The provision is in Rep. Chris Smith’s (R-NJ) measure HR 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” which has 173…

Anti-abortion bill’s intent was to help rape victims, Democratic co-sponsor says

A bill that would redefine rape was not meant to end federal funding allocations for women that sought to terminate pregnancies due to rape, a Democratic congressman said recently. “The language of HR 3 was not intended to change existing law regarding taxpayer funding for abortion in cases of rape,…

House Republicans aim to redefine rape to limit abortion coverage

A majority of House Republicans are taking aim at decreasing federal funding for reproductive health by changing the definition of rape in a newly-filed bill. Currently, the federal government denies taxpayer monies to be used to pay for abortions, except in cases when pregnancies result from rape or incest or…

Republicans introduce legislation targeting abortion access

Republicans have recently introduced bills in the House of Representatives and Senate aimed at reducing women’s right to reproductive health services, or eliminating access to abortions altogether. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MI) proposed legislation Tuesday to recognize that life begins at the moment of conception and is entitled to legal protection…

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