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Sensibility Over Partisanship in Preventing Teen Pregnancy

Richard Buery | Posted 06.19.2011 | New York
Richard Buery

When it comes to solving teen pregnancy, we know what works. Slashing effective services based on politics or ideology unfairly impacts those of us who are the most vulnerable.

To Planned Parenthood, With Love

Jennifer Ketcham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jennifer Ketcham

You, Planned Parenthood, you taught me all there is to know about safe sex while making me feel welcome and safe. You've kept me healthy all these years. You even gave me my first HIV test.

Forbidden Sex and Chicken Sandwiches

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Wayne Besen

It was mid-afternoon and I was driving into Stillwater to speak at Oklahoma State University. Hungry, I saw a gleaming red Chick-fil-A restaurant in t...

Ugandan Tragedy, Human Rights, and US Foreign Aid

Serra Sippel | Posted 06.17.2011 | World
Serra Sippel

While the U.S. has condemned egregious examples of rights-violating policies in Uganda, it still funds HIV interventions that are inherently anti-LGBT and anti-woman.

Jews for Sarah Palin Video!

Katie Halper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Katie Halper

In light of the recent blood libel manufactured against Sarah "Sarahleh Palinsky" Palin, I present the following video, made during the 2008 campaign, in which Jews communicate why they support Palin and consider her a member of the tribe.

Top 10 Reasons to Stop the Blood Libel Schmear Campaign against Honorary Jew Sarah Palin

Katie Halper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Katie Halper

As a Jewess, I think it's an absolute shandeh that so many schmucks are talking such drek about you, Sarah Palin. You have every right to make statements about us chosen people because you practically are a chosen person yourself.

Colorado Board Of Education Defies Governor Ritter,

The Denver Post | Susan Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Bill Ritter's administration is in a turf war with the State Board of Education over sex, kids and health care reform. State law requires schools t...

Obama Still Squandering Global AIDS Funding on Morality

Serra Sippel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Serra Sippel

With 80 percent of HIV cases worldwide transmitted by sexual contact, promoting abstinence until marriage and marital fidelity would seem to make sens...

Friday Talking Points [141] -- Rahm's Exit Contest Winner Announced

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I will begin today's column by drying a tear as we all wish Rahm Emanuel a fond farewell. Actually, I am lying. I am drying no tears for Rahm becaus...

Misunderstanding Abstinence Begets More Bristol Palins

June Carbone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
June Carbone

Given a choice of single parenthood or Levi, single parenthood apparently looks pretty good. The Palins are not alone. A good sperm count and a ring do not by themselves turn a young cad into a promising husband.

Amanda Terkel

Governors Apply For Abstinence-Only Funds From Health Law They Opposed

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two governors who were vocal opponents of health care reform are now requesting federal grants for abstinence-only education that are funded by that v...

Guilty Pleasures: Religion and Sex Among American University Students

Roger Friedland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Roger Friedland

In 2008 and 2009 we asked close to a thousand students about their sex lives. Does the nature of the God students believe in, and the kind of religious community they come from, make a difference in their sex lives?

Weekly Pulse: Rhythm Method Madness

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Seventeen percent of sexually active teenage girls said they used the rhythm method as a means of birt...

Scott Southworth, Wisconsin DA, Threatens To Arrest Sex-Ed Teachers

AOL News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Wisconsin district attorney is urging schools to drop their sex-education programs, warning that the teachers involved could be arrested if they fol...

Who Put Failed Ab-Only Programs Back in Health Care Reform?

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

By James Wagoner, President, Advocates for Youth Lost in the shuffle of analysis of the new health care reform legislation, is the fact that Democrat...

Marry Me, Bristol: Christian Hypocri-sex, Pt. II

Rob Asghar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rob Asghar

I readily concede that moral boundaries and restraint are crucial to good living. But I am suspicious of the Pharisaic distortions, namely an irrational rigidity, or the sorts of bizarre loopholes and rationalizations common to those who take abstinence vows.

Mark Souder and the Duplicity Inherent in 'Family Values'

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

It makes me cringe to see the video of Rep. Souder patting himself on the back for standing up for abstinence -- while talking to his mistress. But I grew up in that Christian Right world, and I know it's full of opportunities to be bitten.

Profile Of A Teen Mother

Reproductive Justice | Posted 12.22.2011 | Healthy Living
Reproductive Justice

I see a lot of teenage girls having kids, and it's not until you have your child and you're taking care of your child that you understand that it's really not about you anymore, that you're living for somebody else. I just feel like wait, if you can, just wait-until it's the right time for you.

Sex Ed in Utah

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

My legislative district in St. George, Utah, is conservative, and I am conservative. Yet, I am running legislation to promote contraceptive education. Why? Well, I'll tell you.

Abstinence-Only Across The Board -- Not So Fast!

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright

Yet should we be so quick to declare abstinence-only as the best approach to sexuality education? After all, this is only one study, and it certainly has its shortcomings, like its...

GOP Brings "Just Say No" Message to Health Care, Economic Stimulus, Sex Ed

Neil McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Neil McCarthy

For the Grand Old Party, "no" is the watchword on health care, the stimulus, deficit reduction and pretty much anything else proposed by the Obama administration.

STUDY: Sex-Ed Classes With Abstinence Focus Can Delay Sex In Teens

Washington Post | Rob Stein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Sex education classes that focus on encouraging children to remain abstinent can convince a significant proportion to delay sexual activity, researche...

Obama Can't Make Eye Contact With Abortion Rights

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

What was truly disappointing about President Obama's first year in office was the way that he flinched every time support for abortion came up in policy debates. In many ways, this has made things worse.

Reproductive Education Program Helps Break Poverty Cycle

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Reproductive Justice

When Precious joined our teen pregnancy prevention program, she was 10 years old and headed straight back toward the cycle of poverty that she had come from.

New Report: 2009 a Mix of Highs and Lows for Pro-Choice Americans

Nancy Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

A new report arrives as Congress continues to debate abortion coverage in health-care reform, reflecting a mix of progress and setbacks for choice across the country.