News Service Category: Health

Q&A: ‘Fighter for the underserved’ sees shifts in family planning access over 60 years

The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning federal protection for abortion access is just one of several pivotal legal moves affecting access to contraception and infertility care and the right to privacy underpinning this access. Gary L. Gross, MD, has been a proponent of access to family planning resources for 60 years. In the early 1970s, he worked with members of the Family…

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Protecting Women, Combatting Misinformation

During this time of division, Massachusetts has chosen to serve as a state which will support women’s rights to abortion, alongside New York, California, Washington, and others. However, not everyone in the state has the same opinion. Misinformation is being spread about abortion to try and prevent people from going ahead with these procedures. For Massachusetts to become a haven…

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ABCD Celebrates the 49th Annual Women’s Equality Day

Offers early voting site (Boston, MA) – In 1973, the U.S. Congress designated August 26th as Women’s Equality Day, to commemorate women being granted the right to vote in 1920, through the certification of the 19th Amendment which states that, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by…

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A Healthcare Clinician and a Community Provider Fear for America’s Women

Across the country, many people have been outraged by the U.S Supreme Court’s recent decision in overturning Roe v. Wade, an almost 50 year precedent. In the Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization decision, the Court ruled that “the Constitution of the United States does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people…

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East Boston Legend John T. White Dies on June 7

Beloved, longtime community leader headed ABCD East Boston APAC since 1970s Legendary East Boston community leader John T. White Jr. died June 7 in Syracuse, New York,at age 87, surrounded by his loving family. For more than 50 years he served as ExecutiveDirector of the East Boston APAC of Action for Boston Community Development. John was oftenreferred to as the…

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ABCD thanks Boston City Council, officials for stepping up to support its longtime status as Title X grantee

After shocking shutout, organization regains funding to secure critical family planning and reproductive health services for marginalized communities ABCD to continue serving 30,000 under-resourced residentsthrough extensive family planning and health services network (BOSTON, MA) – Thanks to a unanimous resolution by the Boston City Council and urgent appeals from Greater Boston’s congressional delegation, as well as from state and municipal…

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Vote marks critical step to strengthening low-income families and communitiest On Friday, May 13, 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5129, the Community Services Block Grant Modernization Act of 2021-2022 on a 246-169 vote. The bill reauthorizes the Community Services Block Grant program through FY2031 and makes important changes concerning administration and leadership. performance measurement, and minimum and maximum…

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Failure to Fund Successful Health Services Program Leaves 30,000 Vulnerable Residents, Communities of Color Without Vital Care

On March 29, 2022, ABCD—Action for Boston Community Development—received the shocking news that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Population Affairs, was terminating funding of the anti-poverty organization’s Title X Family Planning program as of March 31, 2022. For more than 50 years, in collaboration with a vital community health center network, ABCD has done an…

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Hearing loss awareness campaign addresses overlooked health risk

Do you crank up the tunes in your earbuds? Attend noisy sporting events? Work in a noise-polluted environment? A recent New Yorker article cautions that noise pollution may be the next big health crisis. Having anticipated that, ABCD Health Services and ABCD Board Vice Chair James A. Owens, Jr. created the “Lower the Sound, Save Your Hearing” public awareness campaign….

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