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February 2006

Women Sue Wal-Mart over Access to Emergency Contraception
On the heels of a recently filed lawsuit and a directive issued by Massachusetts' state Board of Registration in Pharmacy, Wal-Mart confirmed that effective March 20, 2006, all of its pharmacies will begin carrying Plan B emergency contraceptives. Wal-Mart first announced, on February 14, that it would begin to stock ...
HHS Releases Extreme Version of Abstinence-Only Programs
On January 26, 2006 the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new funding announcement for the Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) program. This funding announcement is extremely problematic as it overwhelmingly emphasizes marriage as a goal for young people and ignores the existing evidence that points ...
President Releases Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Request
On February 6 th , the President released his Fiscal Year 2007 (FY07) Budget Request seeking a total of $2.7 trillion dollars in funding from Congress. This budget includes significant increases in military and homeland security spending and $15 billion in overall cuts and reductions resulting from the elimination of ...
States Open 2006 Legislative Sessions: Legislative Highlights from the States
As many states open their 2006 legislative sessions, SIECUS is tracking a high volume of bills regarding sexuality education and abstinence-only-until-marriage programs being introduced across the country. If enacted, these bills could have a range of impacts on what youth learn in classrooms as exemplified by the legislation from Illinois ...
BBC Rejects U.S. AIDS Money Over Ideological Restrictions
The BBC has become the latest in a string of international organizations and governments opposing the Bush Administration's restrictive international HIV/AIDS-prevention policies. The BBC World Service Trust had signed a contract in 2005 to develop a three- year media campaign in Tanzania focusing on HIV/AIDS. When BBC officials were informed ...
Latest PEPFAR Report Maintains Abstinence Until Marriage Promotion is at the Forefront of U.S. HIV-prevention Initiatives Worldwide
On Wednesday, February 8, the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator released its second annual report on the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), entitled Action Today, A Foundation for Tomorrow: the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief . Action Today reports the latest numbers of people reached with ...

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