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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.

Women’s Rights Organization Applauds Amnesty International Recommendation to Decriminalize Sex Work  

Posted on August 11, 2015

Today, the Amnesty International Council voted to authorize its Board of Directors to adopt a policy to advocate for the decriminalization of sex work. The policy explicitly states that human trafficking and coercion should remain illegal. In response to Amnesty’s action today, Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) issued the following statement: “Today marks a victory for sex workers everywhere. CHANGE is proud to stand with Amnesty International and its recommendation to its Board. Decriminalization of sex work is a critical step to protect the human rights of sex workers. It is also good health policy, as research has shown that decriminalization of sex work can reduce HIV infections globally. Human rights are universal and for everyone, sex workers included.”

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