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Abstinence Only

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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.

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...

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.

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.