News Service Category: Health

ABCD hosts Black Maternal Health Week screening of Birthing Justice — April 17

ABCD Health Services hosts a free community screening of the award-winning film Birthing Justice during Black Maternal Health Week, followed by a panel discussion by top maternal health practitioners and advocates – with the goal of engaging, empowering and equipping women and those who care for them to advocate for better Black maternal health outcomes.

La Hora del Café: Martes de quedarte con nosotros

La directora médica de ABCD Health Services, la Dra. Frinny Polanco Walters, apareció esta mañana en el programa de transmisión en vivo La Hora del Café de El Mundo Boston para hablar sobre nuestros servicios gratuitos de planificación familiar. Mira su entrevista a partir de las 26:18. VEA AHORA

Flat funding for Title X causes scramble for clinics

Some service providers seek outside support amid inflation, growing population Title X, the government-supported family planning service that has helped low-income Americans access reproductive health services since 1970, served 193.5 million people during its first 50 years. But funding for the program has been flat at $286.5 million for nine straight years, including in fiscal 2023, despite a growing population,…

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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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