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Rep. Clarke Introduces ‘Global Sexual And Reproductive Health Act Of 2013′

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reviews HR 3206 [.pdf], “the Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2013, introduced by Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) on September 27.” The bill was “[r]eferred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee that day, just a few days before the government shutdown, [and now] has 30 co-sponsors,” the blog notes. “Clarke has introduced it twice before, in the 111th Congress and the 112th,” but the bill “died in committee both times, and the body’s make-up has not changed in ways that make its success this time more likely,” the blog states. Jamila Taylor of Ipas, which supports the bill, said, “We hope the bill can be used to educate policymakers about the importance of packaging reproductive health services in a way that meets the needs of women and girls throughout the lifespan,” according to the blog (Barton, 10/17). The Kaiser Family Foundation’s “Policy Tracker” provides additional information about the bill (9/27).