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August 2006

A Close Vote on Sexuality Education in the Senate
On July 25, 2006, the full United States Senate voted on an amendment which would have invested in comprehensive sexuality education and teen pregnancy prevention initiatives, such as after-school programs for at-risk youth. The amendment was offered by Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, both Democrats from New Jersey, to ...
South Carolina Comprehensive Sexuality Education Program Successfully Lowers Teen Pregnancy Rate
A comprehensive sexuality education program in Bamberg County, SC has effectively reduced the county's teen pregnancy rate. The program, which began in 1982, is based at the Denmark-Olar Teen Life Center and is an intensive program that offers classes as well as individual counseling sessions and outreach to parents. The ...
FDA Approves Over-the-Counter Access to Plan B for Women 18 Years and Older; Young Women Still Require Prescription
In what sexual and reproductive health and rights advocates consider to be a major victory for women's health, the U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on August 25, 2006 its approval of over-the-counter (OTC) access to Plan B emergency contraception for women 18 years and older. Unfortunately, young ...
CREW Requests IRS Review of Abstinence Clearinghouse
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) recently requested an IRS review of two nonprofit organizations, the Abstinence Clearinghouse, a national organization opposed to comprehensive sexuality education, and the Alpha Center, a crisis pregnancy center. Both organizations are headed, and were founded by, Leslee Unruh.1 In their letter to the ...
Growing epidemic of HIV/AIDS among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) In Asian-Pacific Countries
A recent report produced by The Foundation for AIDS Research's (amfAR's) Therapeutics Research, Education, and AIDS Training in Asia (TREAT Asia) initiative highlights the growing epidemic of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Asian-Pacific countries. The report, MSM and HIV/AIDS Risk in Asia: What is Fueling ...

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