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Afternoon Roundup: Washington DC Proposes Cutting Out the ‘Middle-Man’ For Birth Control Access

Washington DC proposes birth control from pharmacists without a prescription; newly-created UN Women director speaks at the opening session of Commission on the Status of Women; GOP budget slashes foreign aid for HIV/AIDS programs and AIDS advocates say it will mean the loss of babies’ lives; Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a physician who provided abortions turned passionate-anti-legal-abortion-advocate dies.

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“Anti-Gay” Pastors in Uganda Charged with Conspiracy to Slander Religious Leader

Eight people, including several religious figures active in Uganda’s “anti-gay” movement, have been arrested on charges of conspiracy to injure the reputation of a rival religious leader, according to in-depth reports by Box Turtle Bulletin.

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Seeing is Believing: Questions about Faith-Based Organizations Involved in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment

For many years, faith-based health providers have received enormous sums of money from both state-based and private entities to provide healthcare services. More recently, that healthcare has included treatment for people living with HIV and AIDS. Unfortunately, many of these providers do not provide a full range of preventative care, especially advice on the use of and access to condoms to prevent the spread of HIV. Too few people have questioned whether the faith-based groups’ use of those funds is as effective as it might be. This report raises some of those questions and provides some proposals for how we might move forward towards more transparency.

 

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ACLU Sues USAID: Are We Exporting US Taxpayer-Funded Religion?

The ACLU is suing USAID for documents that may shed some light on unconstitutional funding of religion in abstinence-only-until-marriage programs abroad.

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Neither Victims Nor Voiceless: Sex Workers Speaking for Themselves (VIDEO)

The exercise of human rights should not be contingent on whether or not you think a person’s choices or circumstances are a good way to live or be. Entangling morality with a conversation about rights and painting a portrait of people in the sex industry as victims without voices only perpetuates their disempowerment.

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NYT Calls For Withdrawal of Funding from Uganda if “Gay Hate Bill” Moves Forward

A NYT Editorial calls on the US to withdraw international development funds from the government of Uganda if it passes legislation that would, among other things, impose the death sentence for homosexual behavior. I agree.

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Young People Speak Up for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Worldwide, But U.S. Policy Lags

Despite these encouraging signals, however, the Obama administration has not yet made any notable changes to U.S. policy targeting the sexual and reproductive health of young people globally.

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Getting Health Priorities Right: Towards a Sustainable Global AIDS Response

The guiding principle for global health donors of a more sustainable approach to fighting the AIDS epidemic should be that prevention and treatment for HIV/AIDS can no longer happen in isolation.

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US Global AIDS Policy: Emergency Course Correction Required

December 1, 2009, marks President Obama’s first World AIDS Day in the White House and the first World AIDS Day for the newly elected Congress. The time is right for a frank assessment of his first year in the fight against global AIDS as President. This analysis focuses on the funding and policy decisions the Administration has made since taking office in January 2009, and assesses the human impact of those decisions.

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Smart Investments in AIDS and Global Health: Building on What Works

The response to the
HIV/AIDS pandemic has transformed

global health financing
and programming, demonstrating the

potential to make
substantial progress against diseases in low-

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