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June 2004

SIECUS Releases Comprehensive Look at Sexuality Education and Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage in the States
On June 22, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) released its groundbreaking new publication titled State Profiles: A Portrait of Sexuality Education and Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs in the States. SIECUS State Profiles details the amount, type, and use of federal abstinence-only-until-marriage funds in all 50 states and ...
Condom Use Up Among High School Students, According to New National Survey
In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Summaries - United States, 2003, more commonly referred to as the YRBS. The YRBS monitors six categories of health-risk behaviors among high school students, including sexual behavior. Overall, trends in sexual behavior among high ...
Lesbian Health is Too-Often Ignored by Medical Community, Efforts Underway to Increase Research and Recognition
A lack of scientific data on basic health needs of lesbians combined with misinformation and homophobia in the health care community result in dangerously inadequate health care for many lesbians, according to the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA). Researchers say that lesbians appear to have higher rates of alcohol ...
Medicaid Vital to Family Planning for Low-Income Women
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (Kaiser) recently published a report titled Medicaid: A Critical Source of Support for Family Planning in the United State. The report highlighted the crucial role of Medicaid in accessing family planning as well as other key issues in ...
The Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage: Their Bark may be Worse than their Bite
Leadership on the Christian far-right is energetically encouraging Christians to advocate against civil recognition of same-sex marriage, which they describe as a "devastating and potentially fatal blow to the traditional family"1 and the "downfall of Western civilization."2 "The outreach to people in the pews has been more intensive than anything ...

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