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Congress Should Fully Fund Maternal, Child Health, International Family Planning Accounts

The Tennessean: Saving Haiti’s mothers, kids in Hurricane Matthew’s wake
Becca Stevens, founder of Thistle Farms and an Episcopal priest, author, and speaker, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley, actor, director, and author

“The current situation in Haiti is being described as catastrophic. … We believe it is our privilege as a nation and our calling as global citizens to continue to help lead global health initiatives. … By fully funding the maternal and child health and international family planning accounts in the annual State & Foreign Operations appropriations bill, the U.S. can continue to provide millions of women around the world with the support they need to time and space out their pregnancies in a healthy way, feed their children, keep their kids in school, combat poverty, and promote gender equality in Haiti and around the world. We know that Congress faces difficult funding choices in a constrained budget environment, but we also want our elected officials to know that they have a strong constituency of support here in Tennessee and across the nation … This bill is a tangible way to advocate for women … coming out of the storm” (10/12).

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