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November 2009

Despite Some Progress, LGBTQ Obama Supporters Point to Campaign Promises
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) Americans had cause to celebrate following the election of President Barack Obama on November 4, 2008. Throughout his campaign, he promised to address many issues vital to the LGBTQ community, including pledging to lead the charge for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage ...
House Passes Health Care Reform Bill
Close to midnight on Saturday, November 7, 2009, the House of Representatives passed a broad health care reform bill by a narrow vote of 220–215. Even with an overwhelming majority in the chamber, Democrats were barely able to rally enough support to pass H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for ...
President Obama Ends Discriminatory and Ineffective HIV Travel Entry Ban
On October 30, 2009 President Barack Obama announced the repeal of a 22-year old ban on entry into the country for people who are HIV-positive. Public health officials and HIV/AIDS advocates had been working to repeal the ban for two decades as they felt it was not only ineffective at ...
Comprehensive Sex Ed Bill Passes Wisconsin Assembly
On Thursday, November 4th, the Wisconsin Assembly passed the Healthy Youth Act (AB 458 and SB 324) by a vote of 48-43.[i]  The bill would require Wisconsin school districts that offer instruction on human sexuality to teach comprehensive sex education.  Current Wisconsin law requires that human sexuality education stress abstinence-only-until-marriage. ...
High-Level Meeting Declares Family Planning Critical to Overcoming Maternal Mortality
“Ending the needless death and suffering of women during pregnancy is one of the greatest moral, human rights and development challenges of our time,” affirmed the more than 150 delegates that attended the High-Level Meeting on Maternal Health on October 26 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.[i] Delegates declared that universal access ...

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