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May 2010

World Bank Launches Reproductive Health Action Plan
The World Bank has created a five-year plan with the goal of achieving the fifth United Nations (UN) 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG 5) to improve maternal health. The Reproductive Health Action Plan, released May 11, 2010, aims to improve family planning in 58 developing countries. The plan includes health ...
Supreme Court Nominee Encouraged Clinton’s Support of Bill Banning Late-Term Abortions
Current solicitor general of the United States Elena Kagan was nominated by President Barack Obama on May 10, 2010, to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court resulting from the impending retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens, who will leave the court at the end of the 2009–10 term. Prior ...
New Study Shows Teenage Unintended Pregnancy Rates Significantly Higher Than Previously Thought
A recent study performed by researchers at the Guttmacher Institute and published in the Journal of Adolescent Health measured unintended pregnancy rates based on the number of sexually active women, rather than all women as in previous studies, and found significantly higher rates of unintended pregnancy among the 15–17 and ...
The Pill Turns Fifty
Coinciding with Mother’s Day, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the birth control pill. Named by the Economist as “the most important scientific advance of the 20th century,” the pill is used today by more than 100 million women worldwide.[i] The ...
Comprehensive Sex Education Legislation Progresses in Louisiana and Pennsylvania
The House Education Committees in both Louisiana and Pennsylvania voted recently in favor of bills that would allow school districts to provide more comprehensive sex education to students. If passed, the legislation in both states would require human sexuality instruction to be medically accurate, age-appropriate, and to address the benefits ...
Oklahoma Continues Assault on Reproductive Rights
The Oklahoma State Legislature has mounted repeated attacks on its citizens’ reproductive rights in recent years. After attempts in 2008 and 2009 to place onerous restrictions on abortion were rejected by the courts because the bills addressed more than one subject, in violation of the Oklahoma Constitution, the Republican-controlled legislature ...

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