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D.C. Gets Some R-E-S-P-E-C-T…But Not From Congress

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office & Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 11:55am
We're happy to report that last Wednesday, the Obama administration criticized a provision in a bill that bans the District of Columbia from using its own local funds to pay for abortion care for low-income women. The White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy, in which it stated that this provision "undermines the principle of states' rights and of D.C. home rule." 

The Senate Acts to Ensure that Service Women Can Use Private Funds to Access Abortion Care

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office & Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 3:00pm

(Originally posted on Feministing.)

Yesterday, members of the Senate Armed Services Committee stood up for women in the military and voted 16-10 to repeal the ban on private funding of abortion at military hospitals and facilities.

Sen.…

The Senate Acts to Ensure that Service Women Can Use Private Funds to Access Abortion Care

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office & Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 3:00pm

(Originally posted on Feministing.)

Yesterday, members of the Senate Armed Services Committee stood up for women in the military and voted 16-10 to repeal the ban on private funding of abortion at military hospitals and facilities.

Sen.…

The Call of History

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 7:46pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Whatever you may think about health care reform, we can all agree that our federal government made history last night when the House of Representatives passed legislation that promises to improve access to…

Lifting the D.C. Abortion Ban

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 12:31pm

Last Thursday, the House of Representatives approved the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act and finally lifted a 20-year ban that barred Washington, D.C., from using local funds to pay for abortions for low-income women.

Since…

End Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 3:46pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

This week, President Obama signed into law the omnibus appropriations bill that will fund government operations for the rest of fiscal year 2009. Buried in the spending measure and the media blizzard about…

Rescind Bush Health Care Denial Rule

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 3:01pm

The Obama administration appears to be making good on a promise to restore the balance between individual religious liberty and access to reproductive health care. As we reported in this space back in December, when the Bush administration pushed…

A Different Buzz

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 10:01am

There's certainly a different buzz in Washington -- both in the halls of Congress and in the reproductive rights community. It's hard not to be excited when you can point to a true blue pro-choice Speaker of the House, a Senate Majority Leader…

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