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April 2011

Eleventh-Hour Deal on Federal Budget Avoids Government Shutdown
Mere hours before an impending shutdown of the federal government, congressional leaders and White House officials brokered a deal to end the months-long standoff over the federal budget for Fiscal Year 2011 on April 8, 2011. The final deal was reached over seven months after the federal Fiscal Year commenced ...
D.C. Abortion Ban Reinstated to Avoid Government Shutdown
In the recent eleventh-hour agreement on the budget for fiscal year 2011, the White House and Congress included a reinstatement of the Washington, D.C., “abortion ban,” a provision that forbids the District of Columbia from using its own locally raised tax revenue to fund abortions for its low-income women residents.
North Dakota Legislature Reaches Compromise on Guidelines for Teaching Abstinence
Three weeks before the end of its legislative session, the North Dakota Legislative Assembly reached a compromise on a sex education bill that spurred opposing viewpoints from its two chambers. After almost three months of debate and a dozen meetings by members of the conference committee, the House and Senate ...
Nevada Comprehensive Sex Education Bill Exempted from Consideration Due to State’s Fiscal Deficit
A bill introduced in the Nevada Assembly on April 1, 2011, would have required public schools to teach medically accurate and age-appropriate sex education, including discussion of contraception. Supporters of the bill, A.B. 314, argue that current programs have been ineffective in lowering teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease (STD) ...
Comprehensive Sex Education Program Launched for British Scouts
In April 2011, the Scouts Association in London will be adding a sex education class to its more traditional activities, such as camping, canoeing, and climbing. The program, titled “My Body, My Choice,” is designed for scouts ages 14–18 and features lessons on healthy relationships and sexual behavior.[1] It aims ...

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