US Senate Passes Measure to Restore Affordable Birth Control

See the call for action at the end!

From Ms:

The US Senate passed a supplemental war spending bill on Thursday, which included a provision to restore government subsidies for birth control pills sold at university and low-income health centers. … For almost 20 years, pharmaceutical companies provided college health centers and clinics servicing low income women with birth control at deeply discounted prices. But the Deficit Reduction Act of 2006, which went into effect in January 2007, has eliminated these discounts for campus and low-income health centers.

The President, OF COURSE, is not happy about it, but he is not threatening a veto.

And another bit of good news from Ms: a key administration anti-contraception advocate has resigned:

Susan Orr, President Bush’s controversial appointee to head the Office of Population Affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), resigned this week after less than a year in the position. Orr’s appointment was criticized from the beginning by lawmakers and women’s rights groups because of Orr’s long history as an opponent of contraceptives.

Her position oversees the administration of title X.

You can use this opportunity to make sure Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt knows how you feel about preserving Title X funding for low-income women and men by sending him a letter hereRemember, Title X helps keep students able to stay in school.

And thanks to Reality Check for the link.