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June 2007

SIECUS Releases the Fiscal Year 2006 Edition of the SIECUS State Profiles
The Fiscal Year 2006 edition of the SIECUS State Profiles is now available in hard copy and on-line at www.siecus.org.  The State Profiles include individual profiles of every state and the District of Columbia that are intended to serve as a guide and major resource for advocates, policymakers, and other ...
Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Continues to Blur the Intent of Its Own Guidance for Title V Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding
Over half a billion dollars in taxpayer money has been funneled to the states through the Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage funding stream in the past ten years.  Since the launch of the program, however, ten states have decided to turn away these federal funds.  Numerous reports showing the programs to be ...
Administration on Children and Families’ Report Attacks Comprehensive Sexuality Education Programs
On June 13, the Administration on Children and Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), released a report attacking comprehensive sexuality education programs. The report, commissioned two years ago at the request of Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and form
AIDS Care Crisis in Puerto Rico
In 2005 there were nearly 30,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Puerto Rico,1 giving it the fifth-highest concentration of HIV/AIDS cases in the United States.  At least 12,000 of these people were receiving antiretroviral treatment,2 many through government funded programs, like those funded by the Ryan White Care Act.   However, ...
House Approves Bill That Would Allow for Waiver of PEPFAR’s Abstinence Spending Requirements
On June 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the $34.2 billion Fiscal Year 2008 State-Foreign Operations appropriations bill with a vote of 241 to 178.  The bill included $5.08 billion for HIV/AIDS efforts, an increase of $1.25 billion over 2007 funding levels. In addition to funding allocations for global ...
Mixed Bag on Funding Decisions from House and Senate
In early June, the United States Congress began consideration of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS) spending bill, which, among other things, decides funding levels for such accounts as abstinence-only-until-marriage programs; HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment; and family planning services.  The House and Senate Labor-HHS Subcommittees each ...
Vatican Criticizes Newly Unveiled Amnesty Abortion Policy
For many years, the Vatican has been an ally to Amnesty International, a human rights organization that was founded by a Catholic layman. However, Amnesty International recently reversed its neutral abortion policy and adopted a policy that supports access to abortion service for women whose health and human rights are ...

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