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April 2007

No Clear Definition of Family Life Education in Tennessee
The Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) in Tennessee recently issued a report on family life education in the state that concluded that Local Education Agencies (LEAs) need more guidance on what they should be teaching young people about preventing pregnancy and avoiding sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).1   The report, ...
Federal Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs Proven Ineffective in Delaying Sexual Activity among Young People
After years of delay in its release, a federally supported evaluation of abstinence-only-until-marriage programs funded under the 1996 federal welfare reform law has proven the programs ineffective in changing teens’ sexual behavior.  The report, released on April 13, 2007 and conducted by Mathematica Policy Research Inc. on behalf of the ...
Developing Countries Need to Strengthen HIV/AIDS Prevention Efforts; Access to Antiretroviral Treatment Not Sufficient
On April 17, 2007, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), released Towards Universal Access: Scaling Up Priority HIV/AIDS Interventions In the Health Sector, a report that discusses the positives and negatives of HIV/AIDS-prevention and care programs ...
U.S. Supreme Court Rule Federal Abortion Ban Constitutional
On April 18, 2007, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5–4 decision to reinstate a federal law banning so-called “partial-birth” abortion in the cases Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood and Gonzales v. Carhart.  The decision, which overturned the rulings of three appeals courts, upheld the federal “Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of ...
Mexico City Legalizes Abortion
On Tuesday, April 24th, the legislature of Mexico’s Federal District approved a bill (46–19) that would make abortion legal during the first three months of pregnancy.  Once signed by the Mayor, the bill will make Mexico City the largest place in Latin America, outside of Cuba and Puerto Rico to ...
Recent Legislation in Iowa and Washington Advances Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; Utah Legislation Restricts Them
Recent legislation in states across the country will have significant impact on sexuality education. In both Iowa and Washington, the state governments have moved to further comprehensive sexuality education, ensuring that young people have access to complete, medically accurate information. Utah, however, has restricted the ability of young LGBTQ people ...

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