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Members of Congress May Be Playing Politics with Women's Health and an Update on Birthing Garment

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In an open letter about the health reform debate, Marilyn Keefe, Director of Reproductive Health Programs, said Republican leaders on the Senate Finance Committee are putting pressure on their colleagues to exclude women's reproductive health care services.

Marilyn maintains that these politicians are demanding health reform legislation restrict coverage of abortion services; this is something that most women have right now. She said that women's health care is not limited to reproductive health, but is a key factor in a woman's health. In her letter, Marilyn went on to say, "A comprehensive health care reform plan that improves women's access to affordable, quality health care, including comprehensive reproductive health services, is therefore essential to improving the health of women, families and communities."

Marilyn ends her letter by telling women to urge their senators to stand up for women's reproductive health.

Correction on the July 11 article I wrote on the garment that lowers birthing danger: A Simple Device that Lowers Birthing Danger
Jennifer Clark of the Safe Motherhood Programs in San Francisco (see comments on the posting) wrote me and said that Pathfinder did not invent the garment, which she referred to as the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment (NASG.) I had said that Pathfinder did invent the garment. Pathfinder does use the garment in India and Nigeria, a fact which is mentioned in the article. This garment, which prevents post partum hemorrhaging, was used in the Vietnam War.

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