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June 2012

Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling on Health Care Reform
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148), signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, and commonly referred to as health care reform, has been a flashpoint for controversy during and following its passage.  Threats of legal challenges to the law originated before Congress even ...
Rio+20 Retreats on Its Commitment to Women’s Reproductive Rights
On June 20–22, 2012, world leaders and fifty thousand members of government, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and other groups convened for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The highly anticipated conference, called Rio+20, took place 20 years after the momentous 1992 Earth ...
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Releases Report on LGBT Health
In 2010, President Barack Obama directed the head of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, to identify ways in which HHS could improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and families.  As a result, Secretary Sebelius created an LGBT ...
Pregnant Teens Still Face Illegal Sex Discrimination in Schools
June 23, 2012 marked the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark legislation barring any educational institution receiving federal funds to discriminate based on sex.[1] While many lawmakers, parents, and students are unaware that discrimination due to a student’s current or past pregnancy is sex discrimination and illegal, a recent ...
Guttmacher and UNFPA Report on the Costs and Benefits of Contraception
Guttmacher and UNFPA Report on the Costs and Benefits of Contraception   In June 2012, the Guttmacher Institute and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released their report, “Adding It Up: Costs and Benefits for Contraceptive Services,” with updated estimates fo

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