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A Tough Year Ahead For Abortion Rights

Crossposted on Amplify, as part of the 2011 Roe V. Wade Blog-A-Thon

Today, January 22nd, is the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which legalized abortion in the United States. Today we have a lot to be thankful for, and we also have to brace for a tough fight ahead. Republican control of many state legislatures means we could see the most anti-choice legislation passed in decades.

Senator Hagan, I worked to get you elected. And today you failed our nation's young people.

Crossposted on Amplify

The DREAM act failed today in the senate, a heartbreaking defeat to many who have worked hard for years on this legislation.  This is also a set back for our whole country and for my generation, as we are not able to offer a path to citezenship to those who want to serve our country.  The Senate needed 60 votes to bring the bill to the floor, they got 55-- well above what would be needed for the bill to pass in a normal vote.

 

Comprehensive Sex Education Coming To NC, but Not Without Challenges

Crossposted on Amplify

September brings about the start of the 2010/2011 school year, and in North Carolina sexual health advocates are celebrating. The Healthy Youth Act (HB 88) goes into effect this year, effectively ending North Carolina’s decade long policy of abstinence-only sex education. This bill replaces abstinence-only sex education with a more comprehensive reproductive health and safety program that promotes abstinence as the best method for avoiding pregnancy and STI’s, but also teaches about contraception, safe sex, and healthy relationships. State Senator Ellie Kinnaird, one of the bills supporters, commented saying:

I am pleased that the NC Legislature was able to pass the Healthy Youth Act last session. However, it was not without great difficulty. Several religious groups and some Republican Senators objected to broadening the information available to students. But on the other side, we had many allies who worked the halls just as hard to make sure that students have accurate, complete information about sexual health.

Where Does Elena Kagan Stand On Gay Rights, Abortion

Crossposted on Amplify

Elena Kagan, Obama’s second appointee to the Supreme Court, was confirmed by the Senate Judiciary committee last week. Kagan is the second woman Obama has appointed, and she will replace justice John Paul Stevens later this year.  The Senate Judiciary committee approved her by a vote of 13-6, with one Republican (Lindsey Graham) supporting her.  She appears to be headed to an easy confirmation in the full senate soon.  But where does she stand? And what will her confirmation mean for the pressing social and health issues we face today?

First, it is important to understand how she differs from Justice Stevens, who she will be replacing.

Urban Outfitters' promotes unhealthy body image with "Eat Less' shirt

Crossposted in Amplify

was intrigued to see protesters at the local mall here in Durham, NC outside of an Urban Outfitters. What were they protesting?  This shirt, and the lifestyle it promotes: 

The protest at Southpoint mall was led by Amy Lambert:

It wasn't unusual for Lambert, who had an eating disorder for more than eight years, to consume little more than one 80-calorie container of yogurt in a day. Now recovering, Lambert led a protest last week outside of Urban Outfitters at Southpoint mall in Durham. (via The Independent

We Are The Generation That Will Win The War On AIDS

Crossposted on Amplify

Currently, 6,000 young people (aged 14-24) contract HIV EVERY DAY, and more then 3.1 million people die from AIDS each year. This disease, while responsible for resurgence in condom use after the rise of the birth control pill, is also the disease that exposed America’s dark underbelly of poverty and homophobia in the 80’s and 90’s. This disease, which defined a generation and revolutionized approaches to sexual health, is stronger then ever both at home and abroad.

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