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September 2011

Senate Appropriations Committee Passes Fiscal Year 2012 Labor-HHS-Education Bill
Just before the end of the federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, on September 21, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved three of its outstanding funding bills for FY 2012—Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Education); Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies; and Department of State, Foreign ...
Launch of Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus Creates New Momentum for 30 Year-Old Effort
On September 15, 2011, influential and varied leaders of worldwide efforts to end HIV/AIDS gathered outside the U.S. Capitol for the official launch of the bipartisan Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus. Led by a longtime champion in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), and her colleagues Jim McDermott (D-WA) and ...
Cook County, Illinois Youth Risk Behavior Survey Proves Need and Support for Comprehensive Sexuality Education
Results of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBS) from suburban Cook County, Illinois draw attention to the prevalence of risky sexual behavior among high school students in the area.[1]  Part of a nationwide survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the results from the suburban Cook ...
Anti-Abortion Bills Stalled by Federal Courts across the Nation
The controversial Kansas abortion bill, House Substitute for Senate Bill No. 36, which creates stricter licensing requirements and regulations for abortion providers, was stalled this month when a federal court placed injunctions on the legislation. Injunctions on abortion bills also sprung up in other states with conservative-dominated legislators.  In
UK’s House of Commons Vetoes Amendment to Deny Abortion Providers Ability to Counsel Women
In a sweeping victory, abortion providers in the UK were assured by the House of Commons that there would be no changes in the near future to their ability to counsel women seeking abortions. On September 7, 2011, Members of Parliament rejected a bid by Conservative Nadine Dorries to have ...

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