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May 2004

Satcher Conference on Common Ground Finds Little Footing
On Monday, May 24, former Surgeon General David Satcher took the lead in gathering more than 350 people in Washington, D.C. for a day-long conference billed as an opportunity to build common ground on sexuality and sexual health. Satcher, now based at the Morehouse School of Medicine where he heads ...
Marriage Rights for Same-Sex Couples Recognized in Massachusetts, Expected to have Widespread Ripple Effect
Joining Belgium, the Netherlands, and the Canadian provinces of Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia, on May 17, Massachusetts became one of a very few places where same-sex couples can legally marry. Although same-sex couples have recently been issued marriage licenses elsewhere in the U.S., those licenses have not been state-sanctioned ...
May 2004 Legislative Report
2003 - 2004 Sexuality Education Legislative Report current through May 4, 2004 Alabama: SIECUS is not aware of any sexuality education related legislation in Alabama in 2003-2004. Alaska: SIECUS is not aware of any sexuality education related legislation in Alaska in 2003-2004. Arizona: The Arizona legislature does not carry bills over from one ...
Politics or Science? FDA Denies Emergency Contraception Over-the-Counter Application
Disregarding the recommendation of two of its own advisory committees, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected Barr Laboratories' application to make Plan B emergency contraception available to consumers over-the-counter (OTC) without a prescription. The FDA's rejection of Barr's application, after it received overwhelming support from both the health ...
Catholic Bishops Playing Politics with Communion
Several Roman Catholic Bishops are getting national attention for their recent announcements that pro-choice Catholic politicians should not be able to receive communion. After months of campaigning by anti-choice groups like the American Life League and a statement from the Vatican urging Catholic politicians to follow church doctrine, several Bishops ...

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