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Women’s reproductive health and rights: The story behind the headlines

Cynthia A. Pearson, National Women's Health Network, 514 Tenth Street, NW, Fourth Floor, Washington, DC 20004, 202-347-1140, cpearson@womenshealthnetwork.org

What’s the story beneath the headlines? In a year that included over a million people marching in support of women’s lives, and a presidential race influenced by abortion politics, what really happened in women’s health? Did the FDA do the right thing when it was asked to allow emergency contraceptive pills to be sold over the counter? Is the four month long birth control pill a risk to women’s health? Are the contraceptive ads that have finally aired on prime time network television shows a breakthrough or a marketing ploy? Are we any closer to finding a microbicidal cream or gel women can use to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV? This presentation will review recent developments in women’s reproductive health and rights, and consider the public health implications of current events.

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Keywords: Women's Health, Reproductive Health

Related Web page: www.nwhn.org

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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