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April 2008

State Legislatures Move Closer to Progressive Sexuality Education Laws
Legislatures in states across the country made significant gains on sexuality education during the early months of their 2008 sessions.  For example, advocates in Connecticut, Florida, and Minnesota have worked to pass positive legislation and provide funding for comprehensive sexuality education. In Connecticut, the Healthy Teens Coalition is leading an ...
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Holds First-Ever Hearings on Abstinence Only Until Marriage Programs
On April 23, 2008, the United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, led by Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA), held the first-ever hearing on the effectiveness of federally funded abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.  Three panels of witnesses testified at the hearing including leading medical and sexual health experts from ...
The Council of Europe Votes for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion in Europe
On April 16, 2008, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) passed Resolution 1607 calling on European Union member states to increase sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) throughout Europe.  A report authored by Gisela Wurm, Parliamentarian from Austri
Hopkins Health Database Briefly Restricted the Use of “Abortion” in Academic Searches
On April 4, Dr. Michael J. Klag, Dean of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, announced that the word “abortion” had been temporarily blocked as a search term in the POPLINE family planning database.1 POPLINE is the world’s largest database on sexual health; providing evidence-based data amounting to about 400,000 ...
AIDS Alabama and SIECUS Release Special Report
On April 1, SIECUS and AIDS Alabama released a special report on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in Alabama.  The report provides an in-depth look at the funding of abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in Alabama, the status of adolescent sexual health in the state, and the state’s current law and policy.  In addition, the report ...
Integrated Plan of Action Addresses the Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Malawian Youth
On March 27th, the Malawi National Plan of Action for Youth was launched by Siman Vuva Kaunda, the country’s Youth Development and Sports Minister, along with Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe.  This plan seeks to address the sexual and reproductive health needs of Malawi youth and provide a framework to coordinate ...

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