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September 2007

New York Rejects Title V Federal Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding
On September 20, 2007, New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard F. Daines announced that New York will reject Title V federal abstinence-only-until-marriage funding for the upcoming fiscal year.1 Dr. Daines stated, “The Bush administration’s abstinence-only program is an example of a failed national healthcare policy directive…” and that the ...
NAEA Launches Media Campaign Against Massachusetts Governor
On September 5th, the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) launched an advertising campaign which called on Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) to accept $700,000 in federal Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage funding.  Massachusetts has received abstinence-only funding since 1997 and, for almost a decade, used the money to pay for public service ...
Congress Temporarily Extends Title V Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Program
On September 27, 2007, Congress passed another three month extension of the Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage program.  Passage of HR 3668 extends the Transitional Medical Assistance (TMA), the Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage program, and Qualifying Individuals programs for three months, and modifies other Medicare and Medicaid programs. The extension passed the House ...
Senate Votes to Repeal the Global Gag Rule, President Threatens
On Thursday, September 6, 2007, nearly a quarter century after the policy had been first introduced, the Senate voted successfully to repeal the Global Gag Rule (GGR). The GGR prohibits distributing federal foreign aid to any organization performing, counseling, or advocating for abortion, even if the organization uses its own ...
The Politics of Health 2008: The Candidates on Health Care
his is the second article in SIECUS’ continuing series uncovering the presidential candidates’ views on topics related  to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Health care reform is one of the major issues of the 2008 presidential elections; an August 2007 Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that health care is the ...
The National Abortion Debate Come to Aurora, Illinois
On September 18th, 2007 a new, state-of-the-art Planned Parenthood clinic was scheduled to open its doors to those seeking health services such as breast cancer screening, pap smears, contraceptives, testing for sexually transmitted infections, and abortion services. Controversy over abortion services, however, stalled the opening of this 22,000-square-foot, $7.5 million ...

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