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June 2005

House of Representatives Approves Increase in Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding, Well Below President's Request
Abstinence-only-until-marriage programs received an increase of only $11 million on June 23rd when the full United State House of Representatives passed the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education spending bill, by a vote of 250-151. The spending bill includes two accounts for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs: the Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) ...
Texas Fetal Protection Law Sends 19-year-old to Prison for Life
On June 6, 2005, 19-year-old Gerardo Flores was found guilty on two counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison by the Angelina County Court in Lufkin, Texas for helping his girlfriend end her pregnancy.1 In 2004, Flores' girlfriend, 16-year-old Erica Basoria, found out she was pregnant with twins. ...
Young People Use Films to Advocate for Comprehensive Sexuality Education
Two new films about sexuality education, The Education of Shelby Knox and Toothpaste, have generated a flurry of media attention and have proved to be excellent advocacy tools. The Education of Shelby Knox is an award-winning documentary that follows the story of Shelby Knox, a high school student in Lubbock, ...
Federal Bills Aim to Fund Obstetric Fistula Prevention, Treatment, and Repair
Three members of the United States House of Representatives have recently brought attention to a debilitating injury known as obstetric fistula, from which, according to the World Health Organization, at least two million women and girls worldwide currently suffer.1 Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), and Joseph ...
Language Politics Promote Anti-Choice Agenda
A fertility procedure that has gained attention recently involves fertility patients giving their extra embryos, produced as a result of in vitro fertilization, to single women or couples who seek pregnancy. The procedure carries high costs and relatively low effectiveness, only half of the embryos survive the thawing process, and ...
Advocates in Ohio Expose the Reality of Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs
The release of the Report on Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs in Ohio bolsters efforts of local advocates who have been working tirelessly for improved programming to ensure the wellbeing of Ohio's youth. The exposé details problems within the federally and state-funded Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage program in Ohio. Title V funding is allocated ...

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