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“Sexual Rights” Officially Recognized By U.S. Government  

Posted on September 17, 2015

In a landmark action this week, the United States government publically acknowledged the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and stated that it will now use the term “sexual rights”, drawing heavily from the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action adopted at the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China.

FDA Approves First-Ever Medical Treatment For Women’s Sexual Dysfunction  

Posted on August 18, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week approved Flibanserin, the first-ever medical treatment for hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) – the most common form of sexual dysfunction reported by women. The decision comes after more than a year of advocacy and outreach – including two public meetings at the FDA – from women who suffer from HSDD.

81 Members of Congress Call On Obama to Break Barriers to Abortion for Women and Girls Globally  

Posted on August 12, 2015

Eighty-one Members of Congress wrote to President Obama calling on him to break barriers to safe abortion care for women globally by ensuring U.S. support for funding for abortion in the cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. Specifically, the letter calls on Obama to clarify the Helms amendment, a decades-old provision that prohibits the U.S. from paying for abortions overseas as a method of family planning but does not prohibit support in the cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. Despite this distinction, the Helms amendment has been applied as a complete ban.

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