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U.S.Administration Withholds Contraception from African Countries October 7, 2008

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Women in six African countries–Ghana, Malawi,Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe–will be denied birth control because the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is demanding that their governments terminate a British program, Marie Stopes International, that supplies contraceptives.
USAID erroneously charges that Marie Stopes International cooperates with the Chinese government on “coercive abortion and involuntary sterlizations.” This charge has been repeated over the years against organizations supplying birth control to needy women in developing countries and is both baseless and damaging.
Women in poor African countries face unintended pregnancy (often beginning early in their adolescence), unsafe abortion, childbirth injuries, and sexually transmitted infections such as HIV/AIDS. Birth control can help with all these, as well as the gender inequities that exacerbate them. Restricting or removing access to contraception increases poverty, disease, and early death in these countries.
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The Whistleblowers Act Needs Your Help! September 18, 2008

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Whistleblowers are essential to protecting the citizens in a democracy against waste, fraud, and abuse in government at all levels. Their reporting saves U.S. taxpayers both money and government integrity. But whistleblowers need protection themselves from reprisals. We thought they were going to get that protection in bills that were passed in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, but these bills haven’t been reconciled so they can’t be passed and made law.
Citizens should urge Congress to finish the job and provide protection for whistleblowers, so that they won’t suffer when they report abuse. Please write your Congressional Member in both the House and the Senate and ask them to get the bill passed before the recess. You can find their contact information at Congress.org.
Citizen action is powerful.