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October 2004

October 2004 Legislative Report
2003 - 2004 Sexuality Education Legislative Report current through October 25, 2004 Alabama: SIECUS is not aware of any 2003-2004 legislation regarding sexuality education in Alabama. Alaska: SIECUS is not aware of any 2003-2004 legislation regarding sexuality education in Alaska. Arizona: The Arizona legislature does not carry bills over from one legislat
Three States and the District of Columbia Receive
Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, and the District of Columbia have each received an "out-of-wedlock" bonus of $25 million from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). "Out-of-wedlock" bonuses are given to states and territories that have the largest reduction in the ratio of births to unmarried ...
Bush Administration Chooses Anti-Feminist Group to Teach Iraqi Women about Democracy
In late September, the US State Department announced the names of organizations who would share $10 million in grants to "train Iraqi women in the skills and practices of democratic public life."1 Among the recipients is the Independent Women's Forum (IWF), an anti-feminist group based in Washington, DC. Critics contend ...
The Underlying Millennium Development Goal: Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) articulate objectives for resolving some of the most complicated and urgent social problems of our time and are commonly accepted as a framework for measuring development progress.1 Emanating from the Millennium Declaration, the MDGs are a tool to help governments and advocates mobilize resources and ...
Flashy Marketing and Packaging Newest Trend Among Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs
In an effort to reach more teens, many abstinence-only-until-marriage groups have begun to use MTV-style marketing and packaging. The best example of this may be Revolve, a new edition of the complete New Testament that, at first glance, looks more like an issue of Cosmopolitan than a bible.1 Revolve is ...
Project Reality Does it Again: Spreading Misinformation to Promote Fear-Based Programs
A radio interview, posing as sound public health information, aired on US Airways flights during September and October as part of Sky Radio's "Health Report." The segment was an interview with Libby Gray, director of the abstinence-only-until-marriage organization Project Reality. Project Reality disingenuously promoted Gray's appearance on "Health Report" as ...

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