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April 2009

United States Renews Support for Reproductive Rights at United Nations
The Obama administration seems poised to take a decidedly different approach to United States leadership in the area international sexual and reproductive health and rights than did its predecessor. This became quite apparent in March at the 42nd session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD) held at ...
California Planned Parenthood Confronts Local School Board over Suspension of Sex-Ed Funds
On April 7, 2009, more than 40 Planned Parenthood supporters, community members, and representatives from other women’s groups attended the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting to urge the board to rescind its ruling to suspend a $291,788 health education contract awarded by the county to Planned Parenthood of Orange ...
State of Sex Ed in Illinois Supports Needed End to Abstinence-Only Funding
While Congress determines the 2010 budget, a recent article published in the Chicago Tribune on the state of sex education in Illinois reveals the effect of the robust growth of the abstinence-only-until-marriage industry that has been fueled by federal dollars. As the article shows, the proliferation of the industry has ...
Reproductive Rights Community Wins Huge Victory with Court Order on Plan B
On March 23, 2009 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ruled that the decision by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to limit over-the-counter distribution of the emergency contraceptive Plan B to those ages 18 and older was politically motivated. The court ordered the FDA to ...
Obama Administration Moves to Rescind Controversial HHS Refusal Rule
On March 6, 2009, the Obama administration took a significant step toward ensuring access to essential healthcare services and information by announcing a proposal to rescind the Bush administration’s refusal regulation. The refusal, or conscience, rule was pushed through by former president George W. Bush on December 18th and became ...

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