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March 2004

Federal Marriage Amendment Sees New Life in Congress
On March 23, 2004, the Senate Judiciary Committee held its second hearing on the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA). Many feel that these hearings are a result of conservatives in Congress feeling threatened by the November 2003 decision by the Massachusetts High Court in the case of Goodridge v. Department of ...
House of Representatives Subcommittee holds Hearing on Cervical Cancer and Human Papillomavirus
On March 11, the House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources held a hearing on cervical cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV). The subcommittee heard testimony on the connection between HPV and cervical cancer and whether warning labels on condom packages should ...
Just Saying No: Study Shows Virginity Pledgers Have Same STD Rates as Non-Pledgers
In the latest study to show that simply telling young people to say "no" to pre-marital sex is an insufficient public health policy, Dr. Peter Bearman, of Columbia University, and Dr. Hannah Brückner, of Yale University, have concluded that young people who take so-called "virginity pledges" have the same rates ...
International Women's Day 2004 Highlights Women's Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS
The first International Women's Day, celebrated in 1911, was marked by rallies in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland with over one million women and men attending. Today, International Women's Day is commemorated each year by the United Nations (UN) and women throughout the world. This year, International Women's Day focused ...

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