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Abstinence Only

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 | World
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.

Levi Johnston Is a F---in' Redneck Genius

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Disgrasian

McCAIN: So, is this the Impregnator? LEVI: Impregnawhat? I'm just a fuckin' redneck. Dude, how old are you again? Like, 126 years old? You...

Women's Issue

Jane Smiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Smiley

Bristol Palin's pregnancy is at the heart of what women and the right wing have been fighting over for thirty years, and it isn't abortion, it's privacy and the right to control your own reproductive choices.

Bristol Palin, Mary Cheney and the Limits of Family Privacy

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Debra Haffner

Palin's family is asking for privacy, yet the policies of Palin's party do not protect the rights of American women to making their own private decisions about unintended pregnancies.

Bush HHS Tries an End Run on Abstinence-Only Funding

Scott Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Swenson

Last week the Bush Administration issued a letter waiving the annual application process and review for the Title V Abstinence-Only State Grant Program.

Family Research Council Attacks Obama on Life Starting at Conception

Scott Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Swenson

The Family Research Council is distracting the debate about serious issues in this country to focus on the one issue they need to have front and center in order to turn out their base supporters: abortion.

States Reject Abstinence-Only Funding From Federal Government

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Skeptical states are shoving aside millions of federal dollars for abstinence education, walking away from the program the Bush adm...

Sinking Swift Boats Aimed at Obama on Sex Ed

Scott Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Swenson

In trying to "Swift Boat" Obama on comprehensive, age-appropriate, sex ed, the abstinence-only crowd is, in reality, just trying to rally the narrow social conservative base for McCain.

Obama: The Real Pro-Life Candidate

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

McCain and the "pro-lifers" may have sanctimony on their side, but that has proven ineffective at preventing abortion. Obama has the opportunity to go on the offensive and change the debate.

Swift Boat Vets' PR Firm Now Pushing Abstinence-Only Campaign

Think Progress | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

On Sunday, the Washington Post reported that the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) is launching a $1 million "Parents for Truth" campai...

The Daily Show Messages Teens About Sex

Huffington Post | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The Daily Show broadened the Miley Cyrus/Vanity Fair photo hullabaloo story on Tuesday night's show, and did a segment on teen sex. Jon and the corres...

Let's Give Our Kids All The Information They Need To Make Safe, Healthy Choices

Rep. Lois Capps | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Lois Capps

Over the past decade we have spent over 1.3 billion in Federal dollars on abstinence-only education, event though these programs are ineffective and often contain false information.

In Africa, Bush Wants AIDS Plan Renewed

AP | JENNIFER LOVEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — President Bush rejected proposed Democratic changes to his prized AIDS relief program, issuing a challenge Sunday to C...

So Much For That "Abstinence Only" Idea: Teen Birth Rate Rises For First Time Since 91

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

In a troubling reversal, the nation's teen birth rate rose for the first time in 15 years, surprising government health officials and reviving the bit...

Yet Another Study: Abstinence Programs Do Not Work

AP | H. JOSEF HEBERT | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Programs that focus exclusively on abstinence have not been shown to affect teenager sexual behavior, although they are eligible for tens of millions ...

Bush Admin Launches National Ad Campaign Promoting Abstinence

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

4parents.gov is a government website run by the Department of Health and Human Services that is meant to provide parents with "information" to help "t...

Congress Again Extends Abstinence-Only Funding

Washington Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Congress again has extended funding for a core abstinence-education program, sparking protests from sex-education advocates who want Democrats to pull...