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Rep. Clarke Introduces Global Sexual And Reproductive Health Act

“[T]he Obama administration has made up a lot of ground in boosting women’s health globally — both on policy and funding — that was lost during the previous administration. But our current foreign aid falls short of supporting a more comprehensive program for sexual and reproductive health,” Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) writes in a RH Reality Check blog post. “To that end, and to ensure the United States is a leader in advocating for women’s health and rights, I am proud to introduce the Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2013 (HR 3206),” she writes, noting the bill was introduced on Friday. The legislation “outlines a progressive model for delivering sexual and reproductive health services under U.S. foreign assistance programs by bolstering the current family planning program”; “prioritizes the needs of young adults and adolescents, for instance by promoting access to evidence-based comprehensive sex education”; and “addresses U.S. policies on humanitarian assistance through provision of essential reproductive health services during natural disasters and conflicts, reduction of unsafe abortion, prevention of STIs, integration of voluntary family planning and HIV services, and training of health care professionals, among other important initiatives,” she notes (9/27).