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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.

STOPP Unintended Teen Pregnancy

Reproductive Justice | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Reproductive Justice

In my county, the combination of teen parenthood and dropping out of school translated to another generation of continued poverty.

Only in the Bizarro World

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
B. Jeffrey Madoff

Households with guns are 11 times more likely to use those guns to commit suicide than for self defense. But to be fair, we don't just kill ourselves, we kill others, a lot.

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.

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...