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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.

Let Down Again: Obama's FDA Fails to Advance New Emergency Contraception Rules

Laura MacCleery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura MacCleery

The FDA should stop dragging its' heels and make emergency contraception available over the counter to all women without restriction.

Bristol Palin And The Trouble With Christian Sex

Rob Asghar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rob Asghar

Christians are as wildly for sex as anyone; that's what got Bristol into trouble. They simply have an idealized notion of it, one that's increasingly divorced from the reality and the direction of the larger society.

San Francisco Values Save the World!

Mark Morford | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Morford

Would the spittle-flecked bipeds who write to me (or comment down below) and misspell "commy" and "sodimite" listen or care in the slightest? I already know the answer.

Feminomics: Pro-Life Atlanta's Big Lie to Poor and Minority Women

June Carbone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
June Carbone

Georgia Right to Life has taken something that should be celebrated and turned it into a canard raising the specter of genocide in the voluntary reduction of childbearing.

Hilary Mantel, Booker Prize Winner, Says Girls Should Be Able To Have Babies At 14

Telegraph UK | David Harrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The 57-year-old novelist said that society ran on a "male timetable" which dictated that women should have babies at an older age. "Having sex and ha...

Blue Biology: Women, Economics, and Family Values

June Carbone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
June Carbone

The areas of the country most committed to traditional values have the highest divorce and teen pregnancy rates, and provide the least support for access to contraception and abortion.

Bristol Palin's Acting Debut: Sarah Palin's Daughter Plays Self On 'Secret Life of the American Teenager'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Bristol Palin's career has taken a new turn. ABC Family announced Tuesday that the former governor of Alaska's teenager daughter will be making her a...

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...

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.

Teen Pregnancy Rate Increases For First Time In A Decade

Washington Post | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The pregnancy rate among teenage girls in the United States has jumped for the first time in more than a decade, raising alarm that the long campaign ...

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.

Project Prevention Encourages Addicts Not To Have Children

Huffington Post | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

An estimated 11-15% of babies are exposed to drugs or alcohol in utero. Many of these babies are born with addictions or physical disabilities. For ye...

All the News That's Fit to Print

Michael Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Michael Jones

By reporting the facts, we can, as a society, stop what is really causing young inner city girls to believe that their economic worth extends no further than child assistance checks.

Teaching to the Choir on Marriage

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

Opposing sex is such a losing battle that some advocates are proposing, if not an actual retreat, at least an advance in a new direction.

Robert McCain Fine With Pregnancy Among Religious Teens -- Just Not Minority Teens

Barrett Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Barrett Brown

The fact that a member of the royal family of England had a son who did something swell, McCain implies, indicates that teen pregnancy is no big problem, because, hey, Henry Tudor.

Policies to Curb Latina Teen Pregnancies Have the Reverse Effect

Silvia Henriquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Silvia Henriquez

It may be politically expedient to treat high Latina teen pregnancy rates as the problem to be solved rather than the result of social inequities -- but it isn't likely to be effective.

UK Leads World In Underage Drinking

guardian.co.uk | Owen Bowcott | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UK's levels of teenage pregnancy, drunkenness and unemployment are among highest out of 30 countries...

Things Come Together in Karin Slaughter's Undone

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Undone is a story of pure evil, and of the effort made by heroic persons to contain it. It is violent and it is graphic to some extent, but it is also fascinating reading from beginning to end.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Self-Respect Matters

Courtney Macavinta | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Courtney Macavinta

Based on my own risky journey with sex as a teen--and my mom being a 2x teen mom--to me a big part of the "solution" comes down to boosting self-respect.

Letterman Should Call Himself Letterperson from Now On

Catie Lazarus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Catie Lazarus

Sarah, how creepy is it that NOW is jumping on your bandwagon? Trying to be friends with the alpha popular princess by sweeping abortion, pay parity, stem cell research under the rug!

Playing the Hand that Life Deals You

Don McNay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Don McNay

I've dealt with hundreds of parents of special needs children. They take the hand that is dealt to them. And usually turn that hand into aces.

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.

Health Class No Longer Required In Texas High Schools

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP)-- Health class will no longer be a state requirement for high school students this fall, making Texas one of the few states in the ...

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.