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    PNS Weekend Update - February 28, 20150 


    Featured on our weekend rundown; One week – that’s the stopgap funding for Homeland Security approved by Congress Friday night; we will take you to a state where support is strong for paid sick leave—and another that just tallied lawmakers environmental report cards.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention

PHOTO: Business, faith and community groups say legislation scheduled this week in a Colorado House committee would pave the way for businesses and individuals to discriminate against others who don't share their religious views. Photo credit: Hustvedt/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER – A coalition of Colorado business owners, faith leaders and community groups is urging lawmakers to oppose legislation the coalition says will legalize discrimination in the state. House Bills 1161 and 1171 would allow individuals and businesses to refuse to follow any law that goes ...Read More

PHOTO: It could be another contentious year in Ohio on reproductive issues. Ohio Right to Life released its 2015 legislative agenda on Tuesday that it says serves as a proactive approach to challenge Roe vs. Wade and end abortion. Pro-choice groups argue the agenda is dangerous for women's reproductive health. Photo credit: ctrouper/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Right to Life released its 2015 legislative agenda on Tuesday, including what it calls six "pro-life initiatives." The group is proposing four new bans on ending pregnancies, including a bill that prohibits abortion after 20 weeks gestation. Kellie Copeland, executive director ...Read More

PHOTO: A five-year study finds that the bystander intervention program Green Dot significantly reduces sexual violence among high school students in Kentucky. Photo courtesy of University of Kentucky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky's first lady calls it a game changer – using a program based on bystander intervention to reduce sexual violence among high school-age children. The Green Dot program, which was created and first used at the University of Kentucky, is now being tried in more t ...Read More

PHOTO: A new campaign from Planned Parenthood Arizona is encouraging teens to "Be Healthy, Be Safe, Be You." It includes advice for parents about talking with kids about sex. Photo credit: mycreditunion.gov

PHOENIX - As the school year kicks into gear, Planned Parenthood Arizona is encouraging parents to talk with their children about making healthy choices with their bodies. Annet Ruiter, Planned Parenthood Arizona's vice president for external affairs, said her organization is promoting its "Be Heal ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The annual Kids Count data snapshot for Virginia shows improvements in education and health, but also rising poverty among the state's children. Credit: Annie E. Casey Foundation

RICHMOND, Va. - Big steps forward on education, teen safety and reductions in teen pregnancy - but also rising poverty - are reflected in the latest "Kids Count" data snapshot. According to the 25th annual Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count report, Virginia has moved up two spots in the overall n ...Read More

PHOTO: Finding safe, stable housing is among the many challenges LGBT homeless youth face in Illinois, according to a new report. The issue also was the topic of a summit in Chicago in May. Photo courtescredit: Windy City Times.

CHICAGO – Voices are being raised about the need to break down the barriers in Illinois that keep many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people living on the streets. A new report details the results of the Chicago 2014 Homeless Summit in May, when more than 300 youth, activists a ...Read More

Opinions vary among Americans as to whether there will be wider implications to Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling allowing companies to use religious objections to avoid paying for contraceptive coverage. Photo courtesy of Kevin Connors / Morguefile.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - As the dust clears from this week's Supreme Court decision letting companies use religious objections to avoid paying for contraceptive coverage, what remains unclear is how that ruling will play out in Pennsylvania. Concerns are being raised over the impact Tuesday's ruling could ...Read More

PHOTO: Hobby Lobby will not have to pay for insurance coverage for certain contraception procedures for its employees following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued Monday. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court.

PHOENIX - Family-planning advocates in Arizona are reacting to Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that favors Hobby Lobby in its objection, on religious grounds, to paying for insurance coverage for certain contraceptive procedures for its employees under the Affordable Care Act. The five-to-four ...Read More

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