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November 2011

House Debates Expanding Religious Exemption, Birth Control Coverage Hanging in the Balance for Millions
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a contentious debate on November 2, 2011, that focused on requiring contraception coverage without co-pays under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) and protests on behalf of religious employers who believe this mandate affronts their moral convictions about such services. These ...
Clinton Sets Goal of “AIDS-free Generation”
At a speech delivered in early November at the National Institutes of Health, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called on the United States and the rest of the global community to create an “AIDS-free generation” using measures based on scientific research completed in the past two years.[1] Clin
Personhood Initiative Defeated in Mississippi
On Election Day, Mississippi voters rejected a ballot initiative that would have added a personhood amendment to the state’s constitution deeming that life begins at fertilization.[1] Initiative 26 was defeated 58 to 42 percent, a substantial margin, particularly given that opinion polls the day before showed that voters were almost ...
Wisconsin’s Senate Passes Measure to Repeal Comprehensive Sex Education
In a vote of 17–15, the Wisconsin Senate passed legislation to repeal the WisconsinHealthy Youth Acton November 2, 2011. The measure, Senate Bill 237, seeks to rewrite the state’s sex education policy, overturning legislation enacted in February 2010 that requires human sexuality education provided in schools to be medically accurate, ...
New Endeavor in Michigan Hospitals Focuses on Evidence-Based Childbirth Practices to Improve Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes
Data reported in early November on a new Michigan project reveals promising results in the health outcomes of women and infants following childbirth in major hospitals around the state. The obstetrics portion of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association’s Keystone Project for Patient Safety and Quality has now been implemented ...
Medical Schools Lack Instruction on LGBT Health
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA) suggests that medical schools need to more thoroughly teach about the health issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. Just eight percent of 176 medical schools interviewed taught all 16 health issues identified to ...

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