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3/4/2010 - Lawsuit Filed to Obtain USAID International Sex Ed Funding Information
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit demanding public documents from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) concerning any religious elements of their international abstinence-only sex education programs. Senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project Brigitte Amiri said in an ACLU press release: "The United States government cannot be in the business of exporting religiously infused abstinence-only-until-marriage programs that we know fail to give young people the information they need to stay healthy....

2/4/2010 - "Abstinence-Plus" Sex Education Proposed in Mississippi
The Mississippi state House passed a bill Tuesday on an 84-35 vote that will allow "abstinence-plus" sex education to be offered in the state....

2/3/2010 - Study on Abstinence-Only Program Increases Funding Debate
A new report released this week indicates that abstinence-only classes "might" be effective, increasing the debate regarding abstinence-only funding....

2/2/2010 - Obama Budget Maintains Funds for Women's Programs
The proposed budget issued by President Barack Obama yesterday for fiscal year 2011 largely exempts programs of importance to women and girls from the wide funding freeze announced by the administration....

12/17/2009 - Obama Signs Omnibus Spending Bill
President Barack Obama signed the FY 2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which includes several major gains for women's health and civil liberties, yesterday....

12/11/2009 - FY 2010 Appropriations Bill Includes Sex Education Funds
Congress released the final FY 2010 appropriations bill Wednesday night, which eliminates traditional sources of funding for abstinence-only programs and instead provides funding for "a new evidence-based teenage pregnancy prevention initiative." The bill calls for $114.5 million to be appropriated for the new programs, which will include age appropriate and medically accurate information on both contraception and abstinence, will be distributed through the new Office of Adolescent Health under the Department of Health and Human Services....

9/30/2009 - Senate Finance Committee Votes for Abstinence-Only Funding
The Senate Finance Committee approved an amendment that would provide millions of dollars to fund abstinence-only programs on a 12 to 11 vote last night....

8/12/2009 - Judge Rules in Favor of Florida Gay Straight Alliance
A federal judge ruled Monday that the Gay-Straight Alliance at Yulee High School in Yulee, Florida, must be permitted to meet on campus and be granted the same privileges as other student clubs....

8/5/2009 - Arizona State Health Officials Resign in Protest
Two Planned Parenthood officials resigned from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's (R) Commission on Women's and Children's Health last week amidst growing concerns about the governor's policy on women's health issues....

7/22/2009 - Sex Education Amendment Passes in House Committee
The US House Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation to support comprehensive sex education yesterday, adding the Healthy Teen Initiative amendment to the proposed health care reform bill, Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009....

7/13/2009 - Abstinence-Only Funding Removed from Appropriations Bill
On Friday, the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (Labor HHS) eliminated traditional sources of funding for abstinence-only programs by passing an appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2010....

6/30/2009 - American Medical Association Report Finds Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Ineffective
The American Medical Association released a report at its annual meeting yesterday finding that abstinence-only sex education does not result in reduced sexual activity among teens....

6/22/2009 - Study Finds Teen Contraceptive Use Declining
Teen contraceptive use is declining, according to a study released last week by the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the Guttmacher Institute....

5/8/2009 - Proposed Budget Requires Evidence Based Sexual Education
President Obama released a proposed fiscal year 2010 budget yesterday that includes provisions that would greatly reduce funding for abstinence only programs and would provide funding for comprehensive sexual education programs. According to the proposed budget (see PDF), "The 2010 Budget proposes a new Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative to support community-based and faith-based efforts to reduce teen pregnancy using evidence-based and promising models....This Budget eliminates funding for Community-Based Abstinence Education, the mandatory Title V Abstinence Education program, the Compassion Capital Fund, and Rural Community Facilities." Programs funded by 75% of this line item would have to demonstrate that they are comprehensive and evidence based....

4/16/2009 - State Profiles of Federal Abstinence-Only Funding Released
A state-by-state analysis of federal abstinence-only program funding for fiscal year 2008 was released yesterday by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)....

3/18/2009 - Comprehensive Sex Education Bill Introduced in Congress
A bill to authorize federal funding for comprehensive, medically accurate sex education programs was introduced yesterday by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA)....

2/25/2009 - Pittsburgh School Board to Vote on Expansion of Sex Ed Program
The Pittsburgh Public School District approved a comprehensive sex education program in an 8 to 1 vote last night....

2/18/2009 - Mississippi State House Passes Comprehensive Sex Education Legislation
Legislation passed late last week in the Mississippi state House that would allow the state's Departments of Education and Health to test a comprehensive sexual education pilot program in two school districts....

2/5/2009 - Pittsburgh School Board to Vote on Expansion of Sex Ed Program
The Pittsburgh Public School District is considering expanding their current abstinence-only program to include contraception and alternative lifestyles....

1/26/2009 - CDC Report Indicates Teen Pregnancy Rates Rising
A new report published this month by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that teen pregnancy rates are rising....

10/31/2008 - "Healthy Marriage" Funds Improperly Used to Promote Abstinence
A report issued on October 27 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that some recipients of grants from the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Initiativerun by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)have used the funds impermissibly for abstinence-only education. "HHS officials told us that abstinence education was not allowable under the Healthy Marriage program," reads the report, "but we observed during our site visits and review of grantee data several Healthy Marriage grantees operating programs that focused on abstinence education." The study, which was requested by Rep....

7/31/2008 - Abstinence-Only Funds Spent on Crisis Pregnancy Centers in KY
The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) published a report Tuesday on abstinence-only-before-marriage program funds in Kentucky....

7/11/2008 - McCain Dodges Questions about Women's Health
Presumptive Republican presidential candidate John McCain resisted commenting on insurance companies that cover Viagra but not birth control Wednesday....

7/2/2008 - Federal Abstinence Only Funding Refused by Twenty-Two States and D.C.
Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have refused millions of federal dollars allotted for abstinence-only education programs for the upcoming fiscal year....

6/26/2008 - Senate Panel Approves Reduction in Abstinence-Only Funding
A Senate appropriations subcommittee approved a 25 percent reduction in abstinence-only funding in a voice vote on Tuesday....