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August 2010

Senate Committee Approves Amendment to Repeal “Global Gag Rule”
The Senate Appropriations Committee took an important stride forward in the endeavor to end permanently the regulation barring foreign and domestic non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating abroad that receive family planning assistance from the federal government from performing abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or threat to the life of ...
Helena, Montana Proposed Health Curriculum Rouses Debate
For two years, members of the Helena, Montana, community have been in the process of reviewing and updating the Helena Public School District’s health enhancement curriculum. The draft curriculum includes eight components: family-community involvement, health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, counseling, psychological and social services, school health environment ...
California’s Proposition 8 Overturned by Federal Judge
In a historic ruling that may have significant implications for other states, the Ninth Circuit District Court overturned Proposition 8, the California voter initiative banning same-sex marriage, on August 4, 2010.[1] In an extensive and firmly worded decision, U.S. District Court Chief Vaughn Walker struck down the ban on the ...
Abortion Coverage Restricted in High-Risk Insurance Pools
The battle over insurance coverage for abortions that raged over the course of the debate over health care reform legislation reared its ugly head yet again when anti-choice activists and politicians identified a remote possibility that Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans, commonly referred to as “high-risk pools,” could cover what they ...
Florida University Receives NIH Grant to Develop Video Game Designed to Promote Abstinence
Two researchers at the University of Central Florida were recently awarded a $434,000 grant from the Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Nursing Research to design a virtual reality game to promote sexual abstinence.[1] The project is designed to teach pre-teen girls how ...

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