By WeNews Staff
Saturday, March 17, 2012
In a dramatic break from standard practice, new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force called for the end of the annual Pap test. Instead, the task force recommended that women who are 21 to 29 years old have the test for cervical cancer once every three years, reported ABC News March 15. Females under the age of 21 do not need the test at all, regardless of sexual history and healthy women between the ages of 30 and 65 need a test only every five years if they combine it with a test for human papillomavirus, or HPV, which can develop into cervical cancer. The guidelines, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, are in sync with those of the American Cancer Society and the American Society of Clinical Pathology.
The Violence Against Women Act, the once broadly bipartisan 1994 legislation, now faces fierce opposition from conservatives, reported the New York Times March 15. A fight has emerged primarily over changes to the bill that would, for instance, cover same-sex couples in domestic violence programs, expand services to other underserved groups such as American Indians and rural populations, and allow undocumented immigrants experiencing domestic abuse to obtain temporary visas. Some Republicans have accused Democrats of including provisions they knew conservatives wouldn't support to damage the conservative party's image, while Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) said, "This is part of a larger effort, candidly, to cut back on rights and services to women."
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