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    PNS Weekend Update - June 25, 20160 


    On this weekend’s rundown, we’re covering stories from across the globe, including: After Brexit, Google says many Britons may not know what they actually voted for; a Boston religious leader calls for peace in the wake of the Freddie Gray case acquittal; and Sunday marks one year since marriage equality was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Planned Parenthood Arizona is encouraging school districts to develop a local sex education curriculum. (iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – Just last week, one Arizona school board voted to update its sex-education curriculum, with input from parents. Since sex-ed isn't required in Arizona schools, there is inconsistency across the state in how the topic is handled. In the absence of a statewide program, for some years ...Read More

Missouri has about 500 new cases of HIV diagnosed each year. Most are men, and about half are in communities of color. (CDC)

ST. LOUIS - Missouri continues to be in the top half of state rankings for new cases of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. Around 500 new cases of HIV infection are diagnosed in the state each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Testing is offered at Planned Paren ...Read More

Survivors of sexual assault are concerned over the impact of HB2 on public safety. (Jlhopgood/flickr.com)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Survivors of sexual assault are speaking out on the potential impact of the controversial House Bill 2 legislation. Andrea Pino, a former student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was raped by a fellow student in 2012. She feels the legislation places more people ...Read More

The Arizona Legislature, currently meeting in the state Capitol, is close to approving a bill that would make it easier to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers in the state. (DustyPixel/iStock)

PHOENIX - The Arizona Legislature is close to final passage of a bill designed to make it easier to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers in the state. The measure, which places draconian regulations on any clinic that provides abortions, has passed the House and needs ...Read More

With April being STD Awareness Month, state health officials are urging sexually active North Dakotans to take simple steps to protect themselves. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - April is STD Awareness Month, and the North Dakota Department of Health is urging residents to safeguard themselves through some simple steps: Talk. Test. Treat. According to the latest numbers, incidents of sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, ...Read More

Parents of infants placed in Safe Haven cannot be charged with abandonment. (fancycrave1/pixabay.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Today is Safe Haven Day in Connecticut. Connecticut passed the Safe Haven for Newborns Act 16 years ago. The law allows parents of infants up to 30 days old to voluntarily give up custody to nursing staff in a hospital emergency room. Gary Kleeblatt, communications direct ...Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the parties in a case involving contraceptives mandated by the Affordable Care Act to file new briefs in the case. (crankyT/iStock)

AUSTIN, Texas - The U.S. Supreme Court issued a rare order this week for new arguments in a case involving contraceptives and the Affordable Care Act, which could mean the justices are looking for a compromise. The court requested that parties in the case, including one from Texas, file new briefs ...Read More

Research shows restrictions placed on abortion clinics in Texas have caused significant barriers and hardships for women seeking services at those facilities. (PamelaMoore/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - New research shows restrictions placed on Texas clinics that perform abortions are causing significant barriers and hardships for women seeking those services. A study by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project says more than half of the clinics that provided abortion services in Texas ...Read More

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