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Abstinence Only

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.

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."

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.

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."

Outrageous Reallocation of Planned Parenthood Funding

Danielle Cavallucci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danielle Cavallucci

Birth Choice Health Clinics, a staunch supporter of abstinence-only education for young women seeking sex education and abortion options within the Or...

Why Canada's on Top in Teen Pregnancy

Vanessa Richmond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Vanessa Richmond

What's going on? Are Canadian teens just more inhibited -- did the girls-gone-wild craze not get this far north? Or is it just too much effort to get the parkas off up here?

Anti-Abortion or Anti-Sex?

Cindy Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cindy Handler

To right-wing ideologues, the debate begins and ends with the sinful act of sex outside of marriage, which can lead to only one outcome: punishment.

GOP Mini-Me: No Pubes, No Punditry Please!

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

Yup, this home-schooled Doogie Howser R.N.C. is the latest offering from the downward-spiraling Republican Party's public relations arm.

Yes, College Students Have Sex. So Why Deny Them Information?

Daniela Ramirez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniela Ramirez

By denying access to contraceptive resources and restricting open discussion of reproductive health, Catholic colleges are putting the sexual health of sexually active young adults in serious danger.

Why Isn't Senator Coburn Going After This Wasteful Spending?

William A. Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William A. Smith

Noticeably absent from Coburn or McCain's list of suggested cuts is the failed abstinence-only-until-marriage funding that remains in the bill.

Palin's Evangelical Base Slaps Down Bristol

Geoffrey Dunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey Dunn

If Sarah Palin's evangelical base really wants to confront teen pregnancy, they'd be smart to listen to Bristol Palin and others in her shoes and absorb some of their real-life wisdom.

Bristol Palin: Media Maven with a Message

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cristina Page

In a stroke of media mastery, Bristol Palin harnessed the Palin-family-doting Fox News last night to announce a powerful message for policy makers: abstinence only is "not realistic."

Celebrating Valentine's Day at Jerry Falwell's College

Kevin Roose | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kevin Roose

Instead of celebrating Valentine's Day, my classmates at Liberty University celebrate the National Day of Purity, a conservative Christian holiday designed to promote abstinence before marriage.

The Obamagelical Reformation

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

The 2008 election may mark the moment religious voters put reason above rhetoric. The birth of the Obamagelical.

PEPFAR's Shortcomings: What is to Be Done?

Josh Ruxin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Josh Ruxin

While it is beginning to look old and creaky, PEPFAR is a progressive and productive program that provides an excellent base of experience on which the Obama administration can build.

At Last, Prevention First

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

Medical experts continually warned us during the Bush years that the abstinence-only approach would sow the seeds of ignorance in teenagers. Those seeds are finally bearing fruit.

Obama Asks Abstinence-Only AIDS Coodinator to Stay

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

Global AIDS Coordinator Dybul is morally responsible for speaking out when taxpayer funding is being used to perpetuate ideology over evidence, and is leaving people at risk of new infections.

John McCain's Wrong Answers to Working Women's Questions--Now Give Him Your Answer at the Ballot Box

Gloria Feldt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gloria Feldt

It's time for real straight talk on how your policies affect real women, Senator McCain.

Debate Analysis: Objective Indicators Suggest Education, Prevention, Pro-Choice Values Win

Scott Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Swenson

By every objective, measurable analysis during the debate, Americans are embracing the pro-education, pro-prevention, and pro-choice.

Clearing Up Political Confusion

Ari Bendersky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Bendersky

Every so often an email chain letter comes my way that is actually interesting. This isn't about saving Sesame Street from NEA funding cuts, but this email I just received was too good to not share.

Abstinence-Only Multimillionaire Funds 527 Attack on Abortion Issue

Scott Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Swenson

Social conservatives -- emboldened by the addition of Sarah Palin to the ticket -- are promoting Culture War issues to shift the focus away from the economy, housing, energy, the environment and national security.