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December 2011

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Refuses to Remove Emergency Contraception Age Restrictions Despite Overwhelming Support and Evidence
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius shocked women’s health and reproductive rights advocates by overruling the decision of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make the emergency contraception method known as Plan B One-Step available for purchase without a prescription or age restriction. Plan B ...
Poll Results Show Mississippi Parents Overwhelmingly Support Teaching Sex Education in School
The results of a parent poll conducted by Mississippi State Universityshow that 92% of parents with children in public school support teaching age-appropriate sex education in schools. The statewide survey garnered a representative sample of 3,600 parents/guardians evenly distributed across the state.[1] The poll was conducted to assess parent/guardian views
World AIDS Day 2011: Getting to Zero
On December 1, 2011, World AIDS Day, President Barack Obama and former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton joined together to demonstrate bipartisan support for increased funding for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment both domestically and internationally. The presidents, along with Bono, humanitarian and lead singer of the band U2, ...
Congress Resurrects Community-Based Abstinence Education Program; Slashes Funding for HIV Prevention Education
In the waning days of the 2011 calendar year, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012, a bill to fund the majority of government agencies and their operations for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2012, which commenced on October 1, 2011. Negotiations on the bill came close to breaking down ...

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