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February 2005

Well-Connected Abstinence Group Gets Federal Funding
Last fall, the Bush Administration's Global AIDS program gave a grant to the abstinence-only-until-marriage group Children's AIDS Fund to promote abstinence in Africa despite the fact that an expert review committee deemed the group "not suitable for funding."1 The grant was not publicly announced and first received media attention in ...
From Cartoons to Health Conferences:
The Bush administration is holding hands with Christian fundamentalists and attacking the mere mention of sexual orientation wherever possible, from children's entertainment to national health conferences. In an incident that gained national media attention, James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, spoke to members of Congress at an inaugural ...
Incoming Director of UNICEF a Threat to Young People's Health
Ann Veneman, the former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, has been appointed the next executive director of the United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF) by the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.1 Advocates worry that this appointment will jeopardize the sexual and reproductive health of young people worldwide. Under Carol Bellamy, the current executive ...
Evaluation Reveals Flaws in Texas'
A state-sponsored evaluation of Texas' Title V programs completed in September 2004 and released this month, revealed an increase in sexual activity following the implementation of abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services contracted with Texas A&M University to conduct a multi-phase evaluation designed to increase ...
Several States Introduce Legislation Related to Sexuality Education
As states begin their 2005 legislative sessions, several state legislatures will consider bills that would impact sexuality education and abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in their states. Proposed legislation across the county includes efforts to define and require medical accuracy, clarify or change how parents/guardians are notified about sexuality education in their children's ...
President Bush Recycles Failed Judicial Nominees;
On February 14th, President Bush re-submitted 12 nominees who the Senate had previously failed to approve to fill benches on the federal appeals court. The President had been promising to re-nominate these controversial judges despite repeated statements by Senate Democrats that they would continue to oppose them. "We should not ...
February 2005 Legislative Reports
2005 State Sexual and Reproductive Health Legislative Reports1 Accurate as of February 2005 Alabama Bill Would Ban Use of Public Funds for "Promotion" of Homosexuality House Bill 30, introduced in December of 2004, would prohibit any state agency or public entity from using public funds or facilities to purchase electronic materials or activities ...

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