Archive for Thursday, November 19, 2009

HHS: Mammograms still vital in saving lives

November 19, 2009

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— Women should continue getting regular mammograms starting at age 40, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday, moving to douse confusion caused by a task-force recommendation two days earlier.

Sebelius issued her statement following a government panel’s recommendation on Monday, that said most women don’t need mammograms in their 40s and should get one every two years starting at 50.

That recommendation was a break with the American Cancer Society’s long-standing position that women should get screening mammograms starting at age 40.

The task force does “not set federal policy and they don’t determine what services are covered by the federal government,” Sebelius said.

Comments

gr 8 years ago

Keep mashin' those boobies. There are way too many people in the world and what better way to spread cancer cells than to mash them so they circulate around.

If "planned parenthood" has nothing to do with parenthood nor planning, would health and human services have nothing to do with health nor human services?

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

Update: Senate Joins House in Attacking Women's Access to Abortion Care

About the disastrous anti-abortion provision in the House health care reform bill, and give you an update.

The Senate version of the health care bill purports to be less harsh, but make no mistake: the anti-abortion provisions of this bill are harmful to women.

What's worse, we know there will be an attempt to amend the Senate bill to go all the way with a provision mirroring the House's Stupak-Pitts Amendment.

We are pulling out all the stops to prevent Stupak-like language from being added to the Senate bill.

NOW chapters around the country are rallying and demonstrating, phoning, writing and emailing their Senators. Our message is simple: keep abortion safe, legal, and accessible to every woman. Anti-abortion measures have no place in health care reform!

We need your support now before these harmful anti-abortion provisions are allowed to be passed in the name of health care reform.

For justice and equality, Terry O'Neill NOW President

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PFAW staff join NARAL President Nancy Keenan and staff outside of the U.S. Capitol before delivering more than 97,000 petition signatures to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

How is it possible that just one year after America made huge progressive strides -- electing our first African American president and achieving sizable Democratic majorities in Congress -- a woman's fundamental right to choose is negotiable?

I am as angry as anyone about this latest attack on Choice. The Stupak-Pitts amendment in the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives virtually bans all coverage for abortion services in the new health care system.

Millions of women, even women who pay for private insurance plans with their own money, would lose their reproductive health coverage. It's the most aggressive attack on Choice we've seen in a generation -- and it's imperative that we stop it.

That's why I want to thank all of you who signed PFAW's petition to Senate Majority Leader Reid urging him to stop the Stupak-Pitts House amendment from being part of the Senate health care bill.

Yesterday, PFAW joined NARAL Pro-Choice America and other allies to deliver more than 97,000 petition signatures to Sen. Reid's staff.

I plan on doing my part to help People For the American Way fight this right-wing attack on women's rights.

It's unconscionable that of the House members who voted to take away reproductive health care coverage for women in the new system, 25 of them were considered firmly "pro-choice."

Now it's our job to call those people out and stop any similar defections in the Senate. With your help, we'll send the message to Senators loud and clear -- that the right to choose is a fundamental human right and must not be up for compromise.

We have the power to preserve Choice.

Kathleen Turner, PFAW Supporter and PFAW Foundation Board Member

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