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Sex Ed News Round Up: Halloween Edition

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:48pm
The Portland Press Herald in Maine has a great op-ed from State Representative Sherry Huber in response to a recent decision by the Portland School Committee allowing a local middle school's health center to dispense birth control to sexually active students. Huber notes that thirty-four years ago, faced with one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country, the Maine legislature passed a bill making it possible for teens to access birth control without parental consent. She recounts the current situation in Maine:

News Round Up: California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, and Minnesota

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:30pm
A recent study in the September issue of the California Journal of Health Promotion estimates that in 2005 1.1 million new cases of STDs occurred among people aged 15 through 24 in California. Jon Mendelson, a columnist for the Tracy Press out of Tracy,…

Compromising Teens' Health

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:55pm
Yesterday, The New York Times ran a great op-ed about the recent debate in Congress over federal funding for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) and abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. As you probably already know, President Bush…

Decline in Abortion Rates Correspond with Increased Access to Contraception, Yet Bush Administration Pushes Abstinence-Only

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:12pm
A new report by the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization indicates that between 1995 and 2003 the rate of abortions worldwide declined. The most dramatic decline occurred in Eastern Europe and corresponds with substantially increased…

Congress Once Again Extends Abstinence-Only Funding

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:13pm
Last week, Congress once again extended funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. Curious at how state and federal dollars are spent across the country supporting abstinence-only programs? Below is a summary from recent news clips. -- Earl…

Defending Prisoners' Access to Abortion

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 2:04pm
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit heard argument today in Roe v. Crawford, a case dealing with the right of prisoners in Missouri to access timely, safe, and legal abortion care. The ACLU argued the class-action lawsuit on behalf of all…

New York Rejects Federal Abstinence-Only Dollars!

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:26pm
Yesterday, the New York Civil Liberties Union released a report examining federal funding of abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in the state. Financing Ignorance: A Report on Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding in New York investigates 39 abstinence-only-until-marriage…

News Round Up: Colorado, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Missouri

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 2:36pm
Over the last week, school districts all over the country have grappled with the issue of sex ed. In El Dorado, Kansas, the school board will vote tonight on whether or not to adopt the abstinence-only-until-marriage curriculum Choosing the Best. Reviews…

Editorial Support for Comprehensive Sex Ed and a look at the film Sex Ed and the State

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:16am
Over the last several weeks op-eds and editorials supporting comprehensive sex ed have appeared in papers across the country. This is not at all surprising given that the end of summer marks the beginning of a new school year. An editorial in the Athens…

Preserving Patients' Access to Prescriptions in Washington State

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:25pm

Most people don't think twice when they visit their local pharmacy to fill a prescription. A doctor writes a prescription and a pharmacy dispenses it, right? Well, more and more people are discovering that the answer is often not quite that simple. Back…

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