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Abstinence Only

Whose Right to Sex Education?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

What did we get for $1.9 billion? Nothing good. Abstinence-only education has been shown to have no effect on how much teenagers have sex - none.

Embracing Teenage Sexuality: Let's Rethink the Age of Consent

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

Our draconian consent laws are largely the product of a conservative political culture that has transformed the fight against child molestation into a full-blown war on teenage sexuality.

Listen Up Obama: The HIV/AIDS Virus Has Moved South

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

South Carolina, like a number of states in the Southeastern region, is being devastated by a silent enemy that hasn't attracted a lot of media attention lately: HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Abstinence-Only Programs Facing Extinction

Washington Post | Rob Stein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Proponents of sex education classes that focus on encouraging teenagers to remain virgins until marriage are hoping that the rescue plan for the natio...

Abstinence-Only Programs: What Part of 'They Don't Work' Is Hard to Understand?

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

Over 80 percent of abstinence-only curricula provide information about contraception and other reproductive health services that is medically inaccurate, exaggerated, and misleading.

The Un-Credible Max Baucus and the Failure of Health Care Reform

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

Money spent on abstinence education is a waste, except for those pandering to please a minority of citizens who do tend to vote consistently.

Panel Votes To Restore Abstinence-Only Education Money

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee voted Tuesday night to restore $50 million a year in federal funding for abstinence-only education that President Ba...

Abstinence Education DisObeyed

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

The strongest player in the political poker games surrounding sex education is David R. Obey, House Appropriations Committee Chair.

Another Blight on the Abstinence Only Agenda

Danielle Cavallucci | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Danielle Cavallucci

Yes, you can argue that if you're not prepared to take on the responsibilities associated with marriage, then you may be unprepared to take on those of having sexual relations. Idealism, however, has proven a poor indicator of what actually takes place.

What if Congress Says "Know" to Abstinence-Only Funding

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

After thirteen years and more than a billion dollars, the budget axe is raised over abstinence-until-marriage programs.

House Committee Zeroes Out Traditional Sources of Ab-Only Funding, Removes Ban on Syringe Exchange

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

Needle-exchange programs were banned for many years solely due to ideological opposition and false charges that such programs encouraged further drug use.

A Crisis of Deception: Crisis Pregnancy Centers, A Special Report

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

A government report found that not only do abstinence-only education programs fail to delay the onset of sexual activity, its students are more likely to think condoms don't help prevent STI's.

Abstinence-Only Advocates Attempt to Evolve, but Don't Be So Easily Fooled

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright

Abstinence-only advocates have been long organizing a comeback, rebranding themselves as science-based and holistic, and they're still getting $41,000,000 of your tax dollars.

What Comes After Abstinence-Only: Advocates Urge White House and Congress to Broaden Teen Pregnancy Initiative

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

Far more must be done to address teen sexuality, prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, and to prevent the violence and coercion by intimate partners.

Sex Ed in a Conservative Town

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

Programs like this, that foster myths and stereotypes, should have no place in our schools.

God and Abstinence

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

At the Mississippi Department of Human Services' summit, "Abstinence Works: Let's Talk About It," we didn't talk about abstinence, but we sure did chant, cheer, dance, pray and sing about it.

White House Abstinence Funding May Be Provided After All

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Although President Obama cut funding for abstinence-only sex education from his new budget, a White House official said Tuesday that some programs cou...

Mother's Day Reminds Me of the Pill

Rachel Farris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachel Farris

Those little white hormones packed in foil aren't the controlled substance here: women are. And if anyone tells you differently, ask them why you can buy condoms and cigarettes in a 7-Eleven.

Bristol Palin Got Pregnant So You Don't Have To

Jenny Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jenny Block

The abstinence movement has a brand new Barbie to push their fruitless agenda -- Bristol Palin. I don't know why I'm surprised.

Happy Masturbation Month!

Daniel Denvir | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Denvir

You may not realize that it's been masturbation month for almost two weeks already. I know, it's just a Hallmark holiday, but you won't use that excuse with your mother this Sunday.

Bristol Palin Can See Unicorns From Her House

Michael Rowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Rowe

Suddenly I realized what an ironic stroke of genius Bristol's selection really was, because, Bristol really is the perfect ambassador for abstinence education: She's proof that it doesn't work.

Sex, Lies, and Federal Money: My Experience With Abstinence-Only Education

Shelby Knox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shelby Knox

One federally funded program included a skit which concludes that giving a condom to a teen is like saying, "Well if you insist on killing yourself by jumping off the bridge, at least wear these elbow pads."

Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs Have Not Reduced Teen Pregnancy

Jane Fonda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Fonda

Time and time again, we hear from high school students saying the sex education they receive is inadequate, it comes too late, and it does not teach them the skills they need to act responsibly.

Why Is America So Obsessed with Virginity?

Anastasia Kousakis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Anastasia Kousakis

As a concept, virginity is more dangerous than not, because it puts us into these virgin or not categories, which doesn't really give us a very nuanced perspective or understanding of sexuality.

A Lesson In Safe Sex Approved By Governor Palin

Roy Zimmerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Roy Zimmerman

In honor of Levi Johnston's admission that he and Bristol didn't always practice safe sex, here's a song dedicated to Sarah Palin, "Abstain With Me."