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May 2008

South Carolina Governor Vetoes Funding for Abstinence Only Until Marriage Provider
Despite a tight budget year, the South Carolina legislature allocated $1.2 million for teen pregnancy prevention through the state’s Department of Social Services (DSS). A provision in the state budget requires the monies be directed towards at least one abstinence-only program. The provision also stated that organizations with a history of implementation ...
The National Coalition to Support Sexuality Education Holds First Biannual Meeting of 2008
On May 27, the National Coalition to Support Sexuality Education (NCSSE) came together for its biannual meeting at the National Education Association in Washington, DC. The day-long meeting brought in preeminent education advocates and professionals from throughout the nation to share information about important developments in comprehensive sexuality education at ...
The World Bank Releases an Agenda for Action: Fighting the AIDS Epidemic in Africa
On May 14, 2008 the World Bank released a report, The World Bank’s commitment to HIV/AIDS in Africa: Our Agenda for Action, 2007-2011, which lays out a new four year strategy to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the continent. In 2000 the World Bank made a three- phase, 15- year programmatic ...
North Carolina Sets Comprehensive Sexuality Education Standards
On April 15, the North Carolina Commission for Public Health set new standards for after-school and community-based sexuality education programs. Unanimously approved by the group, these programs must now be evidence-based and must provide “complete and medically accurate information” on contraception and abstinence.[i]  Parents must
Same-Sex Marriage Ban Lifted in California
On Thursday, May 15, the California State Supreme Court struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The 4–3 decision ends a contentious legal battle between the state and 14 same-sex couples who sued after they were denied marriage licenses under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) or Proposition 22; ...

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