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January 2006

U.S. Officials Travel to Africa Bearing the Anti-Sexual Health Message of U.S. Foreign Policy
U.S. Representative Christopher Smith (R-NJ) and First Lady Laura Bush both traveled to Africa this winter, visiting key countries receiving funds under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). While Smith promoted his opposition to abortion rights for women, the First Lady defended the U.S. focus on abstinence promotion ...
Tampa Schools Reviewing Abstinence-Only Speakers
In Tampa , Florida , Hillsborough County School District officials are beginning to reexamine the supplemental speakers who have been a part of their sexuality education curriculum. The Hillsborough Schools coordinator for wellness programming explained that the district uses an abstinence-plus curriculum that emphasizes the benefits of abstinence but also includes ...
Society for Adolescent Medicine Denounces Abstinence-Only as Medically and Ethically Indefensible
In a new position paper, the Society for Adolescent Medicine (SAM) examined federal abstinence-only-until-marriage policy and determined that such programs are an infringement on young people's basic human right to the highest attainable standard of health.1 The authors recommend that federal funding for the programs be redirected to comprehensive, medically ...
Sauerbrey Appointed: Advocates Await First Acts and Replacement at the United Nations
On January 4 th , with Congress in recess, President Bush appointed Ellen Sauerbrey as Assistant Secretary of State for Refugees, Population and Migration. In this office at the State Department, Sauerbrey will be responsible for coordinating the delivery of life-sustaining emergency aid to refugees of foreign wars, persecution, and ...
Candidates Support Comprehensive Sexuality Education
Comprehensive sexuality education has become a visible part of two electoral races as candidates view such programs as an effective way to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions. In Texas , Chris Bell, a pro-choice Democratic candidate for Governor, is advocating for comprehensive sexuality education in schools and improved ...
Californians Overwhelmingly Support Comprehensive Sexuality Education
A survey released by the Public Policy Institute of California on January 5, 2006 found overwhelming support among Californians for comprehensive sexuality education. Seventy-eight percent of state residents supported programs that teach about abstinence as well as how to obtain and use contraceptives. Furthermore, residents stated that the federal government ...
Bush Judicial Nominations Watch
Samuel A. Alito, Jr.— Nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court October 31, 2005. Senate Judiciary Hearing held January 9-13, 2006. Judiciary Committee vote held January 24, 2006. Full Senate vote held January 31, 2006. Alito sworn in January 31, 2006. As expected, the issues of privacy and abortion rights were ...

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