February 2013
Letter in support of continued funding for OAH
Letter to congressional leaders in support of continued funding for the Office of Adolescent Health’s (OAH) Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) in the 2013 and 2014 budgets.

SAHM statement in opposition to funding freeze at NDSU
SAHM issues statement in opposition to decision by North Dakota State University president to freeze federal funding for a sexuality education program, citing a need for academic independence for researchers.

Funding for Title X Family Planning
SAHM signed on to a Family Planning Coalition organizational sign-on letter requesting $327 million for the Title X family planning program.

Clarification on Emergency Contraception
Amicus brief introduced by Physicians for Reproductive Health in support of clarification that Emergency Contraception is not an abortifacient.

Letter to Congress in support of non-defense discretionary spending
Letter to Congress drafted by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) regarding the effects of the ongoing fiscal debates — sequestration and the upcoming expiration of the continuing resolution — on funding for non-defense discretionary programs, including sexual and reproductive health programs. SAHM signed on to urge Congress not to cut funding in the upcoming months for NDD programs.


Request to fund the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI)
Sign-on letter introduced by Family Planning Coalition to the Senate and House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chairmen and Ranking Members requesting to adequately fund the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI).

AAP letter to Congress on gun control
SAHM joined with 21 other organizations and the AAP in endorsing a letter to members of the U.S. Senate in support of background checks and calls for a public health approach to gun violence, including through research and better mental health services.

Letter in support of funding of a Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment program
A request to initiate funding for the Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment Program in the 2014 federal budget, which would subsequently help increase the number of specialists specifically trained to treat the growing number of American children with serious physical and mental health conditions.

SAHM joins in support of a Family Planning Coalition letter to encourage access to emergency contraception in Indian Health Services.


Letter to CDC director in support of DASH
SAHM joined in with 38 other health-focused organizations to call attention to the need for continued funding of school-based HIV- and other STD-prevention efforts, and to request that the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) remain a stand-alone division.

Parental notification law in Alaska
SAHM joins in amicus brief sent to the Alaska Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. State of Alaska (in support of the plaintiffs) regarding that state's parental notification law.


Letter to President Obama on safety of ECOTC

Letter to President Barack Obama in support of science
Recognizing the safety and efficacy of emergency contraception (EC) as an over-the-counter product free of age restrictions.


Appeal to President and FDA to enforce greater tobacco product oversight
SAHM joins with a number of other health-related organizations in urging the President of the United States to enforce FDA oversight over a range of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and cigars.


Letter urging Congress to fund Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment program for 2014
SAHM joined with a number of other health organizations urging that the Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment program be recognized as a critical national priority and funded at $5 million in the 2014 budget. This program can help ameliorate shortages in care services by providing a financial incentive for students to choose careers in pediatric mental health and pediatric subspecialties.


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