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June 2010

SIECUS Releases the Fiscal Year 2009 Edition of the State Profiles
Marking the one-year anniversary of the expiration of the failed Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage program, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) released the Fiscal Year 2009 edition of the SIECUS State Profiles: A Portrait of Sexuality Education and Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs in the States on June 30, 2010. ...
Denver Public Schools Board Unanimously Passes Comprehensive Sexuality Education Resolution
On June 17, 2010, the Denver Public Schools (DPS) Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution stressing the importance of comprehensive sexuality education districtwide. The Resolution Concerning Colorado Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health declares the school board’s recognition of “the need to continue and expand efforts to ensure that all ...
Florida Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Pre-Abortion Ultrasounds
Florida Governor Charlie Crist recently vetoed House Bill 1143 on June 11, 2010.[1] The bill would have required a woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy to pay for an ultrasound before undergoing the procedure. Nineteen states currently have legislation either requiring or encouraging pre-abortion ultrasounds.[2]
Senate to Vote on Repeal of Restrictive Military Abortion Ban
The Senate Armed Services Committee recently included an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2011 National Defense Authorization Act that would restore access to safe and legal abortion to thousands of American servicewomen worldwide and allow privately financed abortions at military hospitals and bases. The amendment, introduced by Senator Roland Burris ...
Philippines Implement Sexuality Education in Schools
New sexuality education modules are being tested in 159 schools in the Philippinesfor the 2010–2011 school year, which began June 15, 2010. The test modules will be integrated throughout core subject areas and the goal is that they may be later applied to all schools in the Philippines.[1]   Prompting the new ...
Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Program Leader Runs for District of Columbia City Council At-Large Seat
Richard Urban, an Independent who, according to campaign materials, comes from a background strongly rooted in “community affairs and volunteer ministries,”[1] is running for one of the two at-large seats on the Council of the District of Columbia in the November 2010 election. The council has 13 members, each with ...
Efforts to Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Continue
The lengthy campaign to repeal the law barring gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military, commonly referred to as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), may be nearing a successful conclusion. On May 27, 2010, the full House of Representatives approved Representative Patrick Murphy’s (D-PA) amendment that would ...
Despite Early Signs of Resistance, FIFA Allows Condom Distribution at the World Cup
  After weeks of drawn-out controversy and prolonged silence, the International Federation of Association Football, more commonly known as FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), quietly lifted its ban on condom distribution at facilities for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, taking place June 11­–July 11, 2010 in South Africa.[1]

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