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July 2011

Appeals Court: U.S. Cannot Require Opposition to Prostitution for PEPFAR Funding
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit handed nonprofit organizations fighting HIV/AIDS abroad an important victory when it ruled that nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) cannot be required to condemn prostitution in order to receive federal funding. The decision was split 2–1, with the majority opinion citing the First Amendment. ...
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy to End on September 20, 2011
Almost two decades after its inception, the law banning gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military, commonly known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), will end on September 20, 2011. Following the procedure outlined in the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010(P.L. 111–321), President Barack ...
Record Number of Abortion Restrictions Enacted So Far in 2011
Since January 2011, states have enacted a record-breaking 162 pieces of legislation in reproductive health policy, with nearly half (80) of those being abortion restrictions.[1] All of the legislation was enacted in just 19 states. With only ten state legislatures left in session, the Guttmacher Institute has
Russia Passes First Anti-abortion Law
For the first time since the fall of communism, Russia has passed legislation intended to restrict abortion. Signed into law by President Dmitri A. Medvedev on July 14, 2011, the new law requires that at least 10 percent of all advertisements for abortion clinics must be devoted to warnings about ...
New California Law Requiring Inclusion of LGBT Americans in Social Studies Classes Aims to Promote Respect
A controversial California bill signed into law on July 14, 2011, will require that all social studies curricula in the state include lessons on the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) people to the history of California and the United States. The legislation, known as the ...

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