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WHEALTH Newsletter
Issue 6 - January 2017


With the incoming Presidential administration, there has been a lot of news this past week about women’s health:

On Thursday January 19, President-Elect Trump announced he is considering cutting federal funding for Violence Against Women programs. [1]

On Friday January 20, his first day in office, President Trump laid the foundation for his promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act by signing an Executive Order authorizing federal agencies to interpret regulations as loosely as allowed and to delay implementation of any provision that would impose a fiscal burden on individuals, insurers, health care providers, etc. [2]
On Monday January 23, President Trump signed an Executive Order reinstating the Global Gag Rule, which prohibits non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from talking about, referring for, or providing abortions if they receive any U.S. foreign aid. [3] 
On Tuesday January 24, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (H.R. 7), which prohibits federal funds from being used to pay for abortions except in cases of rape or incest or to save the mother’s life. [4]  If passed, this Act would codify a long-standing policy often referred to as the Hyde Amendment.  
The OCWHP will continue monitoring these developments and periodically provide updates and action alerts. 


Thank you to everyone who participated in the OC Women’s March this past weekend!  It was exhilarating to see over 20,000 people from all walks of life join together in support of women’s health, human rights, and social justice.  The signs were clever, the speeches were inspiring, and the energy was palpable.  Though over twice as many people attended than had registered, the crowd was peaceful and unified in our message of solidarity. 

For more photos and videos of the OC Women’s March, please visit the OCWHP's Facebook page.  For local coverage, please see articles from the OC Register, Voice of OCand a slideshow from OC Weekly.

We look forward to working with dozens of partners to advance women’s health in Orange County and beyond, and over the next few weeks, the OC Women’s March committee will begin mapping out next steps.  Please check the OC Women’s March website andFacebook page for updates.  In the meantime, please call Congress to voice your position on pending legislation, nominations, and budget discussions. 

For more ideas on how to get involved, see:

Women’s March on Washington:  10 Actions 100 Days
Huffington Post:  52 Things You Can Do During the First 52 Weeks of Trump’s Presidency


In the Orange County Register yesterday, Dr. Jennefer Russo of Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties (PPOSBC) and Nazly Restrepo of the Orange County Bar Foundation (OCBF) – both members of the Orange County Teen Reproductive Health Task Force – were quoted about the alarming increase in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Orange County.  According to the article, the combined cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia nationwide hit an all-time high in 2015, and Orange County’s percentage increase is the most significant of all Southern California counties.  

Fortunately, our partners at PPOSBC, OCBF, Girls Inc., Alta-Med and UC Irvine Nursing Science are educating the community about STD prevention and providing and/or referring for critical screenings and treatment.  Moreover, the Teen Reproductive Health Task Force has developed a set of policy recommendations to reduce STDs as well as unintended pregnancies.  For more information, please see our Policy Brief.
Thank you for your continued support and interest in the Orange County Women's Health Project.  If you have questions or wish to get more involved, please click here or contact our office at (714) 619 - 8419.

Warm regards, 

Allyson Sonenshine, JD
Project Director

Dena Rubin, MPH
Project Manager

Sydney Minchin
Project Assistant


- 2016 Accomplishments

- OC Healthier Together

- 2016 Summit Overview

- DVHC-OC Updates

- #Checkyoursexed

- Nat'l Women's Health Week 

- U.S. Teen Births

- "We Can Overcome" Campaign Launch

- OCWHP Task Force Updates

- 2016 Giving Day

- Call for Abstracts - 4th OC Women's Health Summit

- March is Women's History Month

- U.S. Supreme Court on Women's Reproductive Health Cases

- Task Force Updates: HDV, BCC, TRH 


- Domestic Violence Awareness Month & Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

- Read our Policy Briefs to learn about local DV and breast cancer needs and solutions.

- HDV System Integration Project

- BCC Task Force - HPV Vaccination

- TRH Task Force - California Healthy Youth Act (AB 329) Passed by Legislature 

- Comedy Night with Katie Goodman!

- National Women's Health Week

- Health & Domestic Violence System Integration Project

- Breast & Cervical Cancer Task Force update. Read our Policy Briefs