Navigation Links
Senator Reid, Reps. Slaughter and DeGette Introduce the Prevention First Act
Date:1/13/2009

Legislation provides women with the tools they need to prevent unintended pregnancies

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) joined Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) and Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO) to introduce the Prevention First Act, legislation that will improve access to women's health care, reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy and reduce abortions -- all while saving scarce public health dollars.

"The United States has among the highest rates of unintended pregnancies of all industrialized nations. Half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended, and nearly half of those end in abortion," said Majority Leader Reid. "It is time to come together and enact effective policies that will help to prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the number of abortions, and improve access to health care for women. We can find not only common ground, but also common sense in our Prevention First Act."

"If we want to reduce the number of abortions in this country, the methodology is clear -- empower women to prevent unintended pregnancies through education and access to contraception," said Congresswoman Slaughter. "For every dollar spent on family planning services, it is estimated that almost four dollars is saved in public health spending. This comprehensive approach to protecting women's reproductive health will not only decrease the spread of STDs and reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, but save money."

"It is imperative that we implement a comprehensive, medically accurate, science-based approach to reducing the need for abortion," said Congresswoman DeGette. "The United States has a much higher rate of unintended pregnancy than other developed nations. The Prevention First Act is the key to changing that."

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the nation's teen pregnancy rate has increased for the first time in 15 years.

This legislation would take a number of steps to reduce unintended pregnancies including:

  • Increase Funding for the National Family Planning Program (Title X).
  • Expand Medicaid Family Planning Services.
  • End Insurance Discrimination Against Women.
  • Improve Awareness about Emergency Contraception (EC).
  • Provide Compassionate Assistance for Rape Victims.
  • Reduce Teen Pregnancy.
  • Ensure that All Federal Programs Provide Medically Accurate Information.

Research shows, and a majority of the public believes, that improving access to family planning services is the most effective way to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and to reduce abortions.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Senator Reid, Reps. Slaughter and DeGette
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. US Oncology Applauds Senator Daschles Appointment as Director of President-Elect Obamas New White House Office of Health Reform
2. Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on President-elect Obamas Choice of Former Senator Tom Daschle to Head The Department of Health and Human Services and A New White House Office of Health Reform
3. Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) Advocacy Alliance Applauds Selection of Senator Tom Daschle for HHS Secretary, White House Health Reform Czar
4. US Oncology Applauds Senator Baucuss Healthcare Reform Call to Action for 2009, Supports Collaborative Measures to Enhance Cancer Patients Access to Care While Improving Quality and Access
5. AHIP Statement on Senator Baucus Health Care Reform Proposal
6. SEIU Statement in Support of New Blueprint to Solve Health Care Crisis by Senator Max Baucus
7. AARP Responds to Senator Grassley, Conducts Comprehensive Review of Marketing of Fixed Benefit Indemnity Products
8. Senator Obama Explains His Health Care Plan to SpineUniverse.com
9. Senator Dean Barkley Pledges Action on HIV/AIDS Epidemic
10. Senator Dianne Feinstein Denounces Prop 8
11. NCPA Endorses U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss for Re-Election
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Today, MTI-GlobalStem, a provider of optimized transfection ... to transfect cells, announces its launch of the PluriQ™ G9™ Gene Editing System ... is a complete system for culturing and transfecting human pluripotent stem cells for ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... and infrastructure. Most providers, however, are unsure how to move forward, given the ... to define a path forward tailored to an organization’s specific needs. , PYA ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... SpiritQuest Sedona Retreats, located in Arizona has re-located to 75 Kallof Place, ... Rock, Airport Mesa, and Boynton Canyon. The new retreat center is ideally-situated ... the Sedona Rouge, both popular accommodations for SpiritQuest clients. The Medicine Wheel, Labyrinth ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... 2016 , ... An article published June 8 on AOL News ... neck cancer in individuals with unhealthy oral hygiene habits. The article goes on to ... had gum disease, brushed their teeth on a daily basis, wore dentures and if ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... SyncDog, Inc. ... mobile security software, is featured in the current issue of Silicon Review ... companies with innovative technology solutions and features them in their magazine. The magazine ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  American Respiratory Labs (ARL), a ... now able to perform sophisticated lung assessments in patients, homes, thanks ... Inc. Patients are no longer limited to having ... PRO ® , ARL patients like Jeanne R. of ... the comfort of her own home. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016   Pulmatrix, Inc ... company developing innovative inhaled drugs, announced today that it ... Russell Investments reconstituted its comprehensive set of U.S. ... "This is an important milestone for Pulmatrix," said ... increase shareholder awareness of our progress in developing drugs ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... HOUSTON , June 23, 2016  MedSource ... platform as its e-clinical software solution of choice.  ... the best possible value to their clients by ... nowEDC.  The preferred relationship establishes nowEDC as the ... pricing for MedSource,s full-service clients.  "nowEDC has long ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: