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March 2011

Mississippi’s New Sex Ed Law Mandates Schools to Teach Failed and Ineffective Approach
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour signed HB 999 on March 16, 2011; the legislation codifies into law a requirement for all Mississippi public schools to teach an abstinence-only-until-marriage approach to sex education under the guise of giving schools the choice to implement “abstinence-only” or “abstinence-plus” instruction. While the original bill included ...
South Dakota Governor Signs New Anti-Abortion Legislation Further Limiting Women’s Access to Abortion
South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard recently signed House Bill 1216, a bill that will severely alter the process women must undergo to receive an abortion. The legislation will lengthen the time frame women must wait between an initial abortion consultation and the procedure from 24 to 72 hours—the longest wait ...
Maryland Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Bill
After years of debate and tremendous efforts by advocates, Maryland was predicted to become the sixth state to recognize same-sex marriage. While Maryland’s same-sex marriage bill, the Civil Marriage Protection Act, passed through the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate, and House Judiciary Committee, without the votes to pass the full ...
President Obama and Congress Make Headway in the Battle for Marriage Equality
In 1996, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly passed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) (Pub. L 104-199), barring the federal government from conferring upon those who enter into a same-sex marriage “all federal protections, responsibilities, and benefits that accompany any other marriage in America” and “for the first time . . ...
Information on Both Contraception and Abstinence Compatible in Sexuality Education, Teens Say
Two new studies recently released and conducted by the Guttmacher Institute show that teenagers view the provision of information on both contraception and abstinence as not just compatible but necessary.[1] The studies’ findings not only add to the large body of evidence supporting the effectiveness of
New York City Council Votes for More Transparency from Crisis Pregnancy Centers
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed into law a bill that will require more transparency from crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in the city, helping to ensure that women who visit CPCs receive open and accurate information regarding which services they do and do not provide.[1] Under this legislation, ...

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