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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Support Women's Health with the Global MOMS Act!

Having a baby should be among a woman's most joyous moments in life. Unfortunately, for many women around the world, childbirth can be dangerous and even deadly -- for both mother and child.

The Global MOMS Act will expand access to maternal health services and greatly reduce maternal mortality.

In 2000, the U.S., along with 191 countries, pledged to meet the Millennium Development Goals, including targeting a 75 percent decrease in maternal mortality, by 2015. The Global MOMS Act will help fulfill the pledge, as well as help countless mothers worldwide get quality health care services. For some moms, this act will be the difference between life and death.

No woman should have to put her life or health at risk during pregnancy or childbirth, and all newborns should have a healthy start in life. Tell your members of Congress to support the Global MOMS Act and fight for women's health around the world. Click here!

Monday, May 3, 2010

ACTION ALERT: Urge Congress to Support Global Health!

We need your help now. There is growing momentum in Washington around three very important new bills concerning global health. Take a moment now to write to Congress and urge your representatives to support these bills:

  • The Global Democracy Promotion Act (H.R. 4879/S.311) would create a permanent legal barrier to attempts by any future administration to reinstate the Global Gag Rule. While President Barack Obama overturned the Gag Rule during his first week in office, this measure is needed to ensure that U.S.-funded organizations will be able to continue delivering lifesaving information and services to women and families around the globe.

  • The Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2010 (H.R. 5121) supports voluntary family planning services, education and outreach, the reduction of unsafe abortions, prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, the training of health care professionals, and various other initiatives.

  • The Global HEALTH Act (H.R. 4933) would improve the effectiveness of U.S. global health programs by strengthening health systems in developing countries and supporting the training of local health workers.
This is important. Write to Congress now!