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November 2010

Pope Benedict XVI Says Condoms a Lesser Evil When Preventing HIV
For the first time, the leader of the Catholic Church has indicated that condoms may be a moral solution to HIV prevention in some circumstances. Comments made by Pope Benedict XVI in an interview with journalist Peter Seewald suggested that while condoms were not the solution to the crisis of ...
Center for Reproductive Rights Takes FDA to Court (Again) Over Emergency Contraception Access
Recent failings by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to comply with a court order regarding widespread access to emergency contraception (EC) prompted the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) to file a motion for contempt. The motion, filed on November 16, 2010, cited the March 2009 ruling in which ...
2010 Elections Show Mixed Results for Women and the LGBTQ Community
The Republican Party boasted striking victories in the 2010 midterm elections, including capturing control of the U.S. House of Representatives and prevailing in numerous gubernatorial, state legislative, and local elections. Republicans gained at least 675 state legislative seats, an increase that is “the biggest any party has made in state ...
Governor-Elect Promises to Sign Same-Sex Civil Union Legislation in Hawaii
Hawaii’s governor-elect, Neil Abercrombie (D), who won the November 2 election with 58 percent of the vote, has said he will sign into law legislation granting same-sex civil unions if it is passed by the legislature in Hawaii. Earlier this year, Hawaii’s state house and senate passed House Bill 444, ...
Albuquerque Public Schools Amends Contraception Disbursement Policy
The Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) policy committee recently voted to revise a school district policy that prohibits school-based health clinics from dispensing contraceptives to patients. Under the proposed revision, non-APS employees would be allowed to distribute condoms and contraception at the clinics. The policy committee voted in favor of the ...
Abortion Becomes Hot-Button Issue in Brazilian Presidential Election
On October 31, 2010, Brazil elected its first female president, Dilma Rousseff, with 56 percent of the vote. Even though the clear victory went to Rousseff, the final weeks of the race for the presidency between Worker’s Party candidate Rousseff and the Social Democracy Party’s Jose Serra focused on the ...

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