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S.21 Prevention First Act, 111th Congress

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  • Latest Action: Jan 06, 2009 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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  • 63% of users oppose S.21

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    63% of users on OpenCongress.org, a free, non-partisan resource, oppose S.21.
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    OpenCongress Bill Summary

    • Broadly this bill seeks to improve access to women’s health care and to expand access to preventative health care services relating to pregnancy. More specifically it would authorize the appropriation of grants to states and other entities for research, education, and preventative programs regarding teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. It would require that hospitals, receiving federal funding, offer and provide, upon request, emergency contraception to victims of sexual assault. Furthermore, it would prohibit health plans from excluding or restricting otherwise provided benefits related to prescription contraceptive drugs, devices, and outpatient services.

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      Here's a summary from OpenCongress.org: Broadly this bill seeks to improve access to women’s health care and to expand access to preventative health care services relating to pregnancy. More specifically it would authorize the appropriation of grants to states and other entities for research, education, and preventative programs regarding teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. It would require that hospitals, receiving federal funding, offer and provide, upon request, emergency contraception to victims of sexual assault. Furthermore, it would prohibit health plans from excluding or restricting otherwise provided benefits related to prescription contraceptive drugs, devices, and outpatient services.

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    • NARAL Pro-Choice America

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    • Sierra Club

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    • American Public Health Association

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    • Child Welfare League of America

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    • Planned Parenthood

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    • National Organization for Women

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    • American Medical Student Association

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    • Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

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    • National Abortion Federation

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    • Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

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    • American Association of University Women

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    • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

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    • The National Coalition Against Censorship

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    • International Women's Health Coalition

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    • Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Washington Office

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    • Secular Coalition for America

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    • National Council of Jewish Women

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    • American Civil Liberties Union

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    • National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association

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    Opposing Organizations

    • Family Research Council

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    • Christian Medical and Dental Association

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    • Concerned Women for America

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    • One Nation Under God

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On January 28, 2009, by DukeToma - PP receives too much taxpayer money as it is. We do not need to be sending more money their way. Especially during a recession this simply doesn't make sense.

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      As noted by DukeToma, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 28, 2009, "PP receives too much taxpayer money as it is. We do not need to be sending more money their way. Especially during a recession this simply doesn't make sense. "
    • On March 20, 2010, by pmhnp52 - A recession is a most important time to put funds toward prevention of unintended pregnancy. Think of the medical costs in prenatal care, delivery, pediatric care (usually paid by medicaid). Then think about mental healthcare costs. Child abuse dramatically increases in homes with unplanned pregnancies - I believe the most recent national studies of child abuse estimate $99,000.00 cost for each abused child. Additionally, a pregnant woman is substantially more likely to be beat by her partner when she is pregnant than when she is not - and the risk of this is even greater when the pregnancy is unintended. Please educate yourself and think before you speak - and especially before you vote.

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      As noted by pmhnp52, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 20, 2010, "A recession is a most important time to put funds toward prevention of unintended pregnancy. Think of the medical costs in prenatal care, delivery, pediatric care (usually paid by medicaid). Then think about mental healthcare costs. Child abuse dramatically increases in homes with unplanned pregnancies - I believe the most recent national studies of child abuse estimate $99,000.00 cost for each abused child. Additionally, a pregnant woman is substantially more likely to be beat by her partner when she is pregnant than when she is not - and the risk of this is even greater when the pregnancy is unintended. Please educate yourself and think before you speak - and especially before you vote."
    • On October 20, 2009, by dawnbc1 - Planned parenthood helps women by fully informing them of all their choices. I have no idea what you mean by "poisoning" their bodies, JimEarl. I am an advanced health care practitioner and am scratching my head at the ugly, thoughtless, misinformation in this blog. What kind of pregnancy centers really help women? What's the difference beteen those and planned parenthood? PP should have their funding tripled.

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      As noted by dawnbc1, a user on OpenCongress.org, on October 20, 2009, "Planned parenthood helps women by fully informing them of all their choices. I have no idea what you mean by "poisoning" their bodies, JimEarl. I am an advanced health care practitioner and am scratching my head at the ugly, thoughtless, misinformation in this blog. What kind of pregnancy centers really help women? What's the difference beteen those and planned parenthood? PP should have their funding tripled. "

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • S.21: Equity in Prescription Insurance and ... - OpenCongress - October 15, 2011 by opencongress.org - A bill to expand access to preventive health care services that help reduce unintended pregnancy, reduce abortions, and improve access to women's health care. view all titles (10). Close .... USA Tomorrow," roared Kristinn Taylor and Andrea Shea K

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      As noted by opencongress.org on October 15, 2011, "A bill to expand access to preventive health care services that help reduce unintended pregnancy, reduce abortions, and improve access to women's health care. view all titles (10). Close .... USA Tomorrow," roared Kristinn Taylor and Andrea Shea K" (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/110-s21/show)
    • S.218: A bill to improve patient access to health care services ... - January 25, 2011 by opencongress.org - OpenCongress - U.S. Congress - S.218 A bill to improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical c... Working... or Login with your OpenID. Click to ShowClick to Hide ... Use the options to the right to narrow down your search res

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      As noted by opencongress.org on January 25, 2011, "OpenCongress - U.S. Congress - S.218 A bill to improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical c... Working... or Login with your OpenID. Click to ShowClick to Hide ... Use the options to the right to narrow down your search res" (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s218/show)
    • S.21: Cyber Security and American Cyber ... - OpenCongress - January 24, 2011 by opencongress.org - A bill to secure the United States against cyber attack, to enhance American competitiveness and create jobs in the information technology industry, and to protect the identities and sensitive information of American citizens and businesses. view all tit

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      As noted by opencongress.org on January 24, 2011, "A bill to secure the United States against cyber attack, to enhance American competitiveness and create jobs in the information technology industry, and to protect the identities and sensitive information of American citizens and businesses. view all tit" (/url?q=http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s21/show&sa=U&ei=6105T_ytFaal2AX9yrj-AQ&ved=0CCIQmAEwAQ&usg=AFQjCNFCtdvr7gKfIFBNz_9rrcQw1KRfWQ)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • CAMBODIA: Belated justice for a Khmer Rouge torturer - February 12, 2009 by France 24 - ...name "Comrade Duch" - within the Khmer Rouge machine. This 66-year former maths teacher was the head of the Tuol Sleng, S.21, interrogation centre. Known as 'Brother number two', he was the ideologist behind the Khmer Rouge regime. Head of state at the

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      As noted by France 24 on February 12, 2009, "...name "Comrade Duch" - within the Khmer Rouge machine. This 66-year former maths teacher was the head of the Tuol Sleng, S.21, interrogation centre. Known as 'Brother number two', he was the ideologist behind the Khmer Rouge regime. Head of state at the " (http://www.france24.com/en/20090213-cambodia-duch-trial-war-crimes-khmer-rouge-torturer)
    • ‘Prevention First Act’ greater threat than FOCA, pro-lifers warn - February 03, 2009 by Catholic News Agency, CO - Harry Reid under the bill number S. 21. “We have been warning the entire pro-life movement that this would be a priority, and now we see it in black and ...

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      As noted by Catholic News Agency, CO on February 03, 2009, "Harry Reid under the bill number S. 21. “We have been warning the entire pro-life movement that this would be a priority, and now we see it in black and ..." (http://catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=14977)
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