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September 2005

New CDC Data on American Youth and Adult Sexual Behaviors
On September 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released the most comprehensive study of American sexual behavior in the last decade.1 This study presents the findings of the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) related to sexual behavior. The study, ...
World Summit Outcome Fails to Make Progress on Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
From September 14-16, over 175 heads of state gathered in New York for the World Summit at the United Nations. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called the Summit to review progress and formulate critical next steps towards alleviating the most pressing problems of our times: poverty, HIV/AIDS, women's oppression, and ...
Kansas Board of Education Deadlocks on Opt-In Policy
On September 13, the Kansas Board of Education was unable to agree on changes to its current sexuality education policy. The proposed change would have created a statewide opt-in policy. Under an opt-in policy, teachers need permission from a parent before a student can attend a sexuality education class. Most states ...
Politics of Emergency Contraception Continue: Fallout at the Food and Drug Administration
Recent events at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have raised serious issues about the integrity of our public health infrastructure and the influence of politics and cronyism within the agency. On-going Controversy around Emergency Contraception In the most pressing example for advocates of sexual and reproductive health, the ...
Groups File Formal Complaint Against Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs
Based on a growing body of evaluations and reports, SIECUS and Advocates for Youth filed a formal challenge to the government's funding of inaccurate and ineffective abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. Under the guidelines set forth by the Data Quality Act of 2000, the two groups filed the complaint with the Department of ...

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