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July 2007

A Debate over Sexuality Education Heats Up in Brevard County, Florida
Brevard County school officials are entangled in a debate about what information regarding human sexuality should be provided to students and who should teach it in the county’s public schools.  Some officials are seeking a more comprehensive approach including information on abstinence, contraception, and condoms.  Others are arguing to maintain ...
New Evidence on Youth Sexual Behavior Suggest a New Direction Is Needed
A report released on July 13 from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics revealed that the U.S. birth rate among teens decreased over the past 15 years, as condom use among high school students increased.  The report, titled “America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2007,” was ...
Plan B Sales Surge After FDA Authorizes Over-the-Counter Access
A recent report indicates that the sales of the emergency contraceptive Plan B have nearly doubled since the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of over-the-counter access for the contraceptive drug. According to the Washington Post, sales of Plan B have risen from “$40 million a year to what will ...
House passes Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Spending Bill
On Thursday, July 19, 2007, the House of Representatives approved the $152 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (Labor-HHS; HR 3043) by a vote of 276–140.  The bill included increases for the Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) program, for the Title X family planning program, ...
Surgeon General Nominee Holsinger Testifies He Would Resign if Politically Pressured; Former Surgeon General Carmona Says Administration Suppressed His Opinions
During his hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, President Bush’s nominee for Surgeon General, Dr. James W. Holsinger Jr., stated that he is committed to science and would resign if pressured to alter his recommendations for ideological reasons.  “I would use the science to attempt ...
Female Genital Mutilation May Persist Despite Attempts to Curtail It
Late last month, Egypt formally banned all types of female circumcision. The decision came after 11 year-old Bedur Shaker died from the anesthetic used during the operation intended to “purify” her by removing her clitoris.1  The routine operation cost $9.  In response to public outcry following her death, the Egyptian ...

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