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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lawmakers Take New Steps to Prevent and Treat Obstetric Fistula

Congressional leaders are taking a new step toward ending obstetric fistula by introducing “The Fistula Prevention, Treatment, Hope and Dignity Restoration Act” (H.R. 949). Leading global advocates applaud this legislation, introduced on International Women’s Day (March 8), which will support the variety of interventions needed to effectively treat and prevent this condition.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), together with Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Gwen Moore (D-WI), and Pete Stark (D-CA).

Read a March 10 joint statement from EngenderHealth, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and the United Methodist Church.

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