Tuesday, April 19, 2005

The Indian Ocean tsunami has left women without access to vital health services in affected areas of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, and other countries.

You can help them
The Senate is expected to vote sometime in the next few days on an amendment being proposed by Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) to direct $3 million to UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund) for its work in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives to provide critical reproductive health services in the aftermath of the tsunami.
Tell your Senators to support Hilary Clinton's Amendment--CLICK HERE

In the aftermath of natural disasters, women face a host of unique reproductive health vulnerabilities including a lack of sanitary supplies for menstruation, life-threatening complications of pregnancy, and a lack of access to contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Women in refugee camps are also more likely to be victims of sexual assault and violence.
UNFPA estimates that in tsunami-affected regions:
500,000 women and girls in Sri Lanka alone have been displaced. 150,000 women are currently pregnant or may be facing complications of pregnancy.
15,000 pregnant women in Indonesia alone are still in need of a trained attendant at birth.
1,650 or fully 30 % of the midwives on the northern tip of Sumatra died in the disaster
and many of those who survived are still dealing with personal trauma and the loss of equipment used to safely deliver babies.

Sadly, the Bush Administration has steadfastly refused to contribute any funds to UNFPA to address this critical need. The Administration has effectively turned its back on the world's poorest women by denying desperately needed services to women in the countries most affected by the devastating tsunami.
Unless Congress acts now, the Bush administration will continue to ignore the unique reproductive health needs of women who survived the disaster.
Campaign Expiration Date:
May 18, 2005

How MUCH has been spent by the Bush Administration on WAR????


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