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Women's Health Activist Newsletter
March/April 2010


For $29.95, you can “put the pink back in your genitals.”  My New Pink Button is a “genital cosmetic colorant” or, as we like to call it, vagina make-up.  It will give your vaginal lips a more “youthful glow”, but only for a 48-72-hour time period. The product comes in four different colors, one of which was formulated for women of color. We applaud the diversity effort, but love our vaginal lips as they are. We’ll add this one to the list of products aiming to “fix” what is not broken.


NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation’s year-long investigation of the state’s 52 Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC’s) confirmed what we already knew. These fake clinics offer dangerous and misleading information to vulnerable women seeking reproductive-health options for their pregnancies. 67% of CPC’s shared information that was medically erroneous to some degree. 38% of the facilities had no medically trained or supervised personnel on staff. Since the CPCs are unregulated, even those overseen by medical professionals are not obligated to dispense medically accurate information or services.
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According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in December 2009, the overall health of Americans has declined since 1997. The number of obese individuals increased from 19.5% in 1997, to over 25% in 2009.  The number diagnosed with type-2 diabetes increased from 5.3% in 1997, to 8.8% in 2009. The percentage of those who report having “excellent” or “very good” health declined from 69.1% in 1998 to 66.6% in 2009.  The need for real health care reform for all Americans is apparent.



For the first time in over a decade, Congress is allowing the District of Columbia to use its own funds to pay for abortions for women who receive Medicaid. The Hyde Amendment, which guides the joint federal-state Medicaid program, forbids abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. It allows states to use their own funds to subsidize abortions on broader grounds.  DC will join 4 states that voluntarily fund all or most medically necessary abortions, and 13 other states forced to do so by court order.

Congress Lifts Ban on District of Columbia’s Use of Its Own Funds to Pay for Abortions for Women on Medicaid (Dec 18, 2009)
Guttmacher Institute State Policies in Brief: State Funding of Abortion Under Medicaid (Jan 1, 2010),


The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it will cover HIV screening for Medicare beneficiaries who are at increased risk for infection and who request the service.  The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) gave CMS the flexibility to add to Medicare’s list of covered preventative services without Congressional authorization. CMS can institute preventative services as long as new services have been "strongly recommended" or "recommended" by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, whose guidelines are often followed by the CDC.

Medicare Expands List of Covered Preventive Services to Include HIV Screening Tests (Dec 8, 2009)


Emergency Contraception (EC) will soon be available at all military hospitals and health clinics around the world.  The Pentagon accepted a recommendation from its Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, which recently voted to include both the brand-name Plan B, and the generic Next Choice, on the list of drugs all military facilities should stock. The same panel made a similar recommendation in 2002, but the policy was never put in place due to Bush Administration anti-choice policies. We’re glad that women in the military are finally able to access services available to civilians.

Pentagon to stock health facilities with morning-after pill (Feb 5, 2010)
Overseas U.S. Military Facilities To Begin Stocking Emergency Contraception (Feb 8, 2010)

Date Published: 
Mon, March 01, 2010