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Wisconsin Must Return to Comprehensive Sex Education

The Badger Herald | Posted 05.20.2012 | College
The Badger Herald

It is time for Wisconsin's legislators to learn to accept reality. The fact that young people have sex is not changing. What must change, however, is the return to comprehensive and honest sex education for our youth.

Utah Passes Bill Prohibiting Talk Of Homosexuality In Schools, Allows Dropping Sex Ed

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 03.07.2012 | Education

The Utah state Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow schools to drop sex education, prohibit instruction on how to use contraception, and proh...

Abstinence-Only Sex Education Bill In Utah Prohibits Teaching Contraception

Posted 04.24.2012 | Education

A bill requiring sex education classes to teach an abstinence-only curriculum moved closer to becoming a law in Utah Wednesday. The state House pas...

New Pornography Regulations in L.A.: Are They Addressing the Right Problem?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

The ordinance will not be very effective at influencing the overall depiction of sex in imagery and media. This outcome is all the more lamentable because encouraging condom use is so important. Let's look at the facts.

Tom Coburn, Ignorance, And The Need For Scientific Communication

Jamil Zaki | Posted 03.11.2012 | Science
Jamil Zaki

The consensus as I've experienced as a researcher is that (1) ignorant political attacks will not affect our ability to get work done, and (2) it is not our job to help the public understand our work. I think both claims are wrong, and potentially dangerous to the future of science.

Did Abstinence-Only Create a Bully Generation?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 02.11.2012 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

Abstinence-only education creates a petri dish for bullying in schools. There is always a lot of back and forth about the efficacy of these programs,...

Scott Walker's New Jobs Plan: Abstinence-Only Education

Mother Jones | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

A bill launched during Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's jobs session and nearing passage in the Legislature would repeal significant portions of the stat...

Senate Bill Mandates Abstinence Focused Sex-Ed

Laura Hibbard | Posted 01.03.2012 | Education

A bill that would require schools in Wisconsin to promote abstinence and marriage in sexual education classes has passed in the Senate, the Northweste...

The Campaign Against the Campaign Against Health

Rupert Russell | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics
Rupert Russell

This week a few brave politicians stood up to protest the political attacks aimed squarely at women's health.

The Sex Ed Women Really Need

Allison Gaudet Yarrow | Posted 10.28.2011 | Women
Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Where I grew up, in the buckle of the Bible Belt, sex, when it was discussed at all, was presented as something to be feared -- it bred diseases and u...

Rick Perry Struggles To Answer Question About Sex Ed: 'Abstinence Works'

Posted 10.24.2011 | Education

Last summer, Texas chose to pass on $4.4 million in federal funds aimed at sex education for adolescents in the state, The Texas Tribune reported. ...

Rick Perry's Anti-Science Character

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

Rick Perry could be an effective leader. He is able to cause people to rally behind him. But it is incumbent on the president of the United States to make decisions based on evidence. Sticking to a personal ideology when it is contradicted by evidence is a dangerous.

What a Rick Perry Presidency Would Look Like for Women

Rachel Farris | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics
Rachel Farris

With a governor who has a women's health record that's a bumpy country mile long possibly becoming our next president, what would it mean for women across America? Allow me.

Rick Perry Asked Why More Kids Are Getting Pregnant in Texas

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 09.19.2011 | Education
Shawn Lawrence Otto

Instead of providing fact-based information, Perry's program uses fear and Jesus -- over-emphasizing the risks of STDs leading to cervical cancer, radical hysterectomy and death -- together with Christian morality.

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...