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February 2008

European Parliament Hearing on Comprehensive Sexuality Education in the Global South
The European Parliament held a hearing on February 12, 2008 titled the “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Young People: The Need for Comprehensive Sexuality Education in the South.” The event was organized by a diverse coalition1 of NGOs, and presenters included Rosemary Zulu of Students Partnership Worldwide (SPW) ...
European Parliament Holds Public Hearing on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
On January 29, the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the European Parliament (EP) held a public hearing on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).  During the hearing, five panelists spoke: Wanda Nowicka of the ASTRA Network; Irene Donadio of the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network ...
HIV Ban Repealed By State Department on Foreign Service Officers
On February 15th, the U.S. State Department lifted a ban preventing HIV-positive individuals from becoming Foreign Service officers. Previously, the State Department had automatically excluded HIV-positive applicants from Foreign Service. However, it permitted current employees who seroconvert (those who became infected with the virus after being hired) to remain employed. ...
Iowa Becomes 17th State to Reject Title V Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding
In late February 2008, Governor Chet Culver of Iowa decided no longer to participate in the Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage program.1  With his decision, Iowa joins sixteen other states, which combine for a total of over $19.1 million of unspent federal abstinence-only-until-marriage funds. The U.S. Department of Health and Human services (HHS) ...
Committee Details Continued Racial Disparities in U.S. Reproductive Health Care
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN-CERD) recently concluded that reproductive health care in the United States is not equal for all women. 1 The Committee found that there are noticeable disparities in reproductive healthcare access and reproductive health outcomes between white women and women of ...
Connecticut Considers Grants for Health Education
Discussions and debates on whether states should fund comprehensive health education have been common over the past years. In February, Connecticut joined that debate with a bill that would establish a grant program to fund health education in school districts, An Act Concerning Healthy Teens (The Healthy Teens Act).1 And, on ...
New Committees Bring Potential for New Opportunities in the 110th Congress, Part 2
The 110th Congress began in January with the Democrats in control of both the House and the Senate.  Advocates of sexual and reproductive health and rights are paying close attention to the new composition of those Congressional committees that have jurisdiction over health, funding, and oversight.  Below is an overview ...

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