Blog of Rights

Rachel
Hart

No More Ab-only Funding

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 1:00pm
RH Reality Check's blog posted a letter yesterday that 10 prominent researchers in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health sent to Representative Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid expressing concern over the recent increase in funding…

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…

New survey says 89% of California parents support comprehensive sex ed!

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:28am
Great you say, but it's California -- a state viewed as especially liberal. A closer look at the survey, however, reveals that the eighty-nine percent figure cuts across political and religious views. Liberals and conservatives, evangelicals and atheists,…

Outsourcing Sex Ed to Crisis Pregnancy Centers

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:57pm
Marc Fisher, the Metro Columnist for The Washington Post, has a great piece in today's paper about the "gum game" controversy in Montgomery, Maryland, that I blogged about yesterday. Fisher notes that all parties seem to be in agreement that the game…

New Jersey Rejects Federal Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Dollars!

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 1:43pm
The Star-Ledger reports that yesterday New Jersey rejected federal abstinence-only-until-marriage funding because, "the strings attached to the [federal] money contradict [New Jersey's] own sex education and AIDS education programs." Since 1997, New Jersey…

Sex Ed Round-UP: Ohio and Virginia

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:49am
Ohio: Cleveland school officials have announced a plan to expand sex education curriculum to include age-appropriate lessons beginning as early as kindergarten in an effort to reach all 58,000 students in the city. (Currently many Cleveland schools only…

Sex Ed Round-Up: Alabama, Arizona, and Florida

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 2:11pm
Alabama: The Birmingham News reports that teen pregnancy is on the decline in the state. The only mention in the article of the role that prevention plays in reducing teen pregnancy comes from Don Bogie, a sociologist with the Auburn University Center…

Sex Ed Round Up: Arizona, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, and Texas

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:10pm
Arizona: Last week, the Kyrene Elementary School District Governing Board unanimously approved updating the district's health curriculum for sixth through eighth grades. The curriculum will now include statements that "sex" refers to vaginal, oral and…

Wall Street Journal on Teen Pregnancy

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 8:16am
Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal ran a piece called Winning the Battle On Teen Pregnancy. The article compares two adjacent counties in South Carolina (Allendale and Bamberg) that have similar demographics -- more than 1/4 of families live below…

Sex Ed News Round-Up: Florida, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, and more...

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 1:58pm
Florida: It seems that taxpayers in Volusia County, Florida, are paying a lot of money ($180,551 to be exact) so that middle schoolers there can take virginity pledges, according to an article in the New Journal. The article notes that Volusia County…
Statistics image