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Latest Skirmish In ‘War On Women’ Involves Health Policy Concerns

NPR reports that the latest flashpoint involves a $15 billion cut from the health law's prevention trust fund. Meanwhile, The Washington Post offers a fact check on stats offered by the Romney campaign about the Obama administration and women.

NPR: Are Democrats Reaching On Latest 'War On Women' Claim?
The latest skirmish in the so-called war on women has to do with, of all things, interest rates on student loans. More specifically, the effort by House Republicans to offset the cost of a federal student loan bill by cutting funding from a $15 billion preventive health fund included in the 2010 Affordable Care Act (Rovner, 5/1).

The Washington Post: The Fact Checker: Romney Campaign's Misleading Stats: Women In The Obama Economy
Democrats have pushed for free contraceptive coverage, equal pay and renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, while Republicans such as Ed Gillespie, one of the top advisors for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, try to drive home the notion that women have fared worse than men during the Obama administration. As Gillespie put it, "It's still the economy, and women aren't stupid." Let's look at the numbers Gillespie brought up. Are they accurate? Do they tell the whole story? (Hicks, 5/2).

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