MSH Mourns Passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg: Championed Women’s Health and Rights Worldwide

United States Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) {Congressional porttrait via Wikipedia}Congressional porttrait via Wikipedia

Management Sciences for Health’s (MSH) staff worldwide are saddened by the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). During his 30 years representing the people of New Jersey, Senator Lautenberg made a difference in the lives of women worldwide.  Accomplishments in his lauded career include: working toward gender equality, anti-violence measures, reproductive choice, and access to comprehensive reproductive health both domestically and internationally.  Senator Lautenberg was also a tireless advocate for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Notably, Senator Lautenberg authored the 1996 Domestic Violence Gun Ban to bar gun purchases by persons convicted of domestic violence and the 2012 amendment to permanently reverse the Global Gag Rule and grant access to family planning services to women across the globe.

Senator Lautenberg was a force in women’s rights advocacy. In 2013 alone, he authored the Access to Birth Control Act and co-sponsored numerous women’s rights bills including the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a bill banning deceptive advertising of abortion services, an amendment to the Constitution to prohibit unequal rights based on sex, and a resolution to make the advancement of women and women’s health a foreign policy priority. 

MSH had the privilege of supporting Mr. Lautenberg’s efforts over the years and, on behalf of the people around the world he touched directly or indirectly, will miss his advocacy and leadership.

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