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December 2009

Revisions Passed to Oregon Administrative Rule Further Strengthens the State’s Comprehensive Sex Education Policy
On December 3, 2009 the Oregon State Board of Education unanimously approved revisions to Oregon Administrative Rule 581-022-1440, Human Sexuality Education.  The revisions further strengthen the state’s comprehensive sex education policy by refining the state’s human sexuality administrative rule to match the statutes of the state’s sex education law.   The new ...
Congress Completes Fiscal Year 2010 Appropriations
On December 8, 2009, Congress released the final appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2010. The $446.8 billion Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 combines six of the seven remaining spending bills, which includes the three appropriations bills that fund important domestic and global sexual and reproductive health care efforts. Advocates for sexual ...
PEPFAR Five-year Strategy Released
On World AIDS Day, December 1, 2009, the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) released the much anticipated Five-Year Strategy of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and on December 7, 2009 released three annexes which outlined additional “high-level direction.”[1] While the underlying tenets of the ...
Baltimore City Council Requires ‘Truth in Advertising’ for Local Crisis Pregnancy Centers
On December 4, 2009 Baltimore, Maryland Mayor Sheila Dixon signed into law Council Bill 09-0406, which requires the city’s crisis pregnancy centers to post signage stating that they do not make referrals or provide services for abortion or birth control. The Baltimore City Council passed the bill on November 23rd ...
Florida School Board Adopts Comprehensive Sexuality Education Policy
On November 19, 2009, the School Board in Collier County, Florida, changed its existing abstinence-only-until-marriage policy to require that students receive instruction on condoms and contraception, as well as abstinence. This comprehensive approach will ensure that students receive the information they need to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted ...
Students Dissatisfied with Sexuality Education in Washington, D.C. Schools
In November 2009, the Washington D.C. City Council’s Committee on Health released a report that assessed the sexuality education available to the District’s students, the Youth Sexual Health Project: A Framework for Change. The report was the first product of the Youth Sexual Health Project (Project), which was created in early ...

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