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August 2004

New Report on the Bush Administration's Faith-based Agenda
A new report entitled The Expanding Administrative Presidency: George W. Bush and the Faith-Based Initiative was issued in mid-August by The Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy, a project of the Rockefeller Institute of Government. The report describes the administration's increase in funding for a wide range of religious-based ...
Scientific Study Shows that Consistent Condom Use Prevents Recurrence Of Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases
A study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Public Health suggests that consistent condom use prevents recurrence of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), chronic pelvic pain, and infertility. The study, led by Roberta B. Ness, MD, MPH of the University of Pittsburgh, followed 684 sexually active women ...
Specific Actions Urgently Needed to Address Women's Disproportionate Burden under the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic
In the international fight against HIV/AIDS, advocates have struggled to bring the needs of women and girls to center stage. In areas where the general population is-or is beginning to be-at high risk of HIV-infection, women and girls suffer disproportionate risk of infection. Advocates say that addressing the vulnerability of ...
Prescriptions Denied: Refusal Clauses Affect Women's Access to Legally Prescribed Medications
A number of recent reports suggest that pharmacists across the country are refusing to fill prescriptions for hormonal contraception. These pharmacists are basing their decisions on "refusal clauses," a combination of federal, state, and private pharmacy policies that give pharmacists the right to refuse legally prescribed medications based on their ...
Pennsylvania School District Revises Curriculum: Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Prevails
The West Allegheny School District in Pennsylvania has decided to change its sexuality education curriculum to an abstinence-only-until-marriage program, thereby moving away from discussions about HIV/AIDS and omitting all information about condoms and other methods of contraception. The sexuality education curriculum was initially devised in the early 1980's out of ...
Republican Party's Platform Calls for Constitutional Bans on Same-Sex Marriage and Abortion; Doubling Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding
The Republican Party's platform approved at the party's convention in New York City in August denounces same-sex marriage and abortion while endorsing abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. On Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage "Abstinence from sexual activity is the only protection that is 100 percent effective against out-of-wedlock pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, including sexually transmitted HIV/AI

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