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The War on Women Continues in Congress

2011 is turning out to be a challenging year for women’s reproductive health as Congress moves to cut funding both domestically and internationally. The House’s proposed FY 2012 budget for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education would slash or eliminate funding for the Title X Family Planning Program, Planned Parenthood, the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, and the President’s health care reform law. U.S. funding for UNFPA funding has also come under fire. And in the latest assault, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 358, the so-called “Protect Life Act.” Supporters of the bill say it will prevent federal funding from being used to provide abortions, but the measure would endanger women’s health by allowing hospitals to refuse treatment to a woman even in a life-threatening situation. The bill will face stiff opposition in the Senate, and President Obama has promised to veto the legislation should it reach his desk.