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May 2011

House Republicans Attack the Personal Responsibility Education Program
Following their unsuccessful attempt to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111–148), commonly referred to as health care reform legislation, Republicans in the House of Representatives have set out to dismantle it piece-by-piece. They started by int
Studies Highlight the Fiscal Burden of Unintended Pregnancy on Nation’s Taxpayers
For the first time ever, studies revealed estimates of the public financial cost of unintended pregnancy in the United States on a national level.[1] Findings from two different studies recently released by the Guttmacher Institute and the Brookings Institution both estimated that unintended pregnancies cost taxpayers an approximate $11 billion ...
Comprehensive Sex Education Bill Passes Illinois Senate
A comprehensive sex education bill, HB 3027, passed the Illinois state senate on May 25, 2011, by a vote of 30–28—the lowest possible number of “yea” votes needed to pass the senate. The bill barely made it out of the Senate after failing a vote in the chamber three weeks ...
World Parliamentarians Call on Governments of Leading Economies to Invest in Women and Girls
A group of some 60 parliamentarians, representing 35 countries and every continent, publicly declared the need for a more focused investment of development dollars on women and girls in a resolution released on May 17, 2011.[1] The resolution highlights the vital, but neglected, role of
Anti-Bullying Legislation Introduced in D.C.
This month, the District of Columbia will consider a bill introduced by Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. titled the Bullying and Intimidation Prevention Act of 2011. The bill requires District public schools, public charter schools, public libraries, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the University of the District of Columbia ...

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