Author Archives: Kelli K. Garcia


Prevention Politics—Congress Reduces Funding for Health Prevention Fund

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On Feb. 17th, in an extremely shortsighted move, Congress voted to cut $5 billion from the Affordable Care Act’s health prevention fund to offset the cost of delaying (by 10-months) scheduled cuts to Medicare physician payments, known colloquially as the “doc fix.”  This represents a one-third reduction in the fund’s current budget.  The prevention fund, […]

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Brazil's Compulsory Pregnancy Registration Violates Women's Privacy

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On Dec. 27, Brazil’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff enacted legislation, Provisional Measure (PM 557), that will require all pregnancies to be registered with the state, violating a woman’s right to privacy. Although Rousseff argues that PM 557 will help improve Brazil’s maternal mortality rates, this seems to be little more than an attempt to […]

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Lawsuit Offers Hope that the Plan B OTC Age Restrictions may yet be Lifted

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The fight to make Plan B, an emergency contraceptive, more widely available continues despite Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius’ decision earlier this month to overrule the FDA’s recommendation that Plan B be made available over-the-counter (OTC) to women and girls of all ages. The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) will reopen a lawsuit, […]

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