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July 2012

House Republicans Abuse Appropriations Process to Push Ideological Agenda
The Committee on Appropriations in the House of Representatives released its draft of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) spending bill for Fiscal Year 2013 on July 17, 2012.  This legislation, which House Republicans drafted without allowing input from the other side of the aisle, ...
Congresswoman Barbara Lee Introduces Legislation to Achieve an AIDS-Free Generation
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), a stalwart leader in the fight to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic and founding member of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, introduced the Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Act of 2012 (H.R. 6138) on July 19, 2012, three days before the beginning of the 19th International AIDS Conference in ...
2012 XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC
The XIX International AIDS Conference, the largest gathering of delegates working in the field of HIV/AIDS, kicked off July 22 in Washington, D.C. and ended July 27. Thanks to the lifting of a U.S. ban on HIV positive travelers in 2009[1], the conference was held in the United States for ...
Mississippi’s Sole Abortion Clinic Fights to Remain Open
Mississippi is embroiled in a legal battle after the sole remaining abortion clinic in the state, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization (JWHO), sued the state after a law scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2012 threatened to shut it down.[1] H.B. 1390 requires all physicians who perform abortions to ...
House Judiciary Committee Passes 20 Week Abortion Ban in DC
On July 18, 2012, members of the U.S. Judiciary House Committee voted to pass a strict ban prohibiting abortions 20 weeks post-fertilization in the District of Columbia, with no exceptions other than the risk of death or irreversible physical impairment to a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.[1] Introduced ...

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