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Weekly News Round-Up: Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, and Oklahoma

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:46pm
Florida: Two articles out of Florida say that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs are about making sure teens are informed when it comes to sex. The first article features the Orange County abstinence-only-until-marriage group Think Smart. It says,…

Afternoon Sex Ed Round-Up: California, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma and more...

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:26pm
Florida: An editorial in the Daytona Beach News-Journal argues that parents should talk to their children about sex, and tackles the effectiveness of virginity pledges. Michigan: An op-ed out of Michigan says that "Morality should not be the focus of…

Sex Ed Weekend Round-Up: Kentucky, Michigan, South Dakota, Texas, and more...

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:36am
Kentucky: A local paper notes that parents in northern Kentucky (Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties) can now pick up tool kits from the Northern Kentucky Abstinence and Character Team to help talk with their children about sex. The Abstinence…

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…

Sex Ed Round-Up: California, Deleware & National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:17pm
California: InsideBayArea has an article about teen births in San Joaquin County. The article talks about an organization called Delta Health Care that teaches comprehensive sex education in Tracy, Manteca, Stockton, Lodi and Lathrop. Note that one of…

Who's Afraid of a Condom?

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 6:02pm

"Notice: New York City Department of Education Policy prohibits condom demonstrations in classrooms."

Just in case New York City teachers are unclear, every page of the new Health Teacher curriculum discussing condom demonstrations has a sticker…

States continue to turn down federal ab-only dollars

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 6:26pm
The Washington Post reported today that at least 14 states have turned down federal funds to teach abstinence-only-until-marriage programs: The number of states refusing federal money for "abstinence-only" sex education programs jumped sharply in…

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.…

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…
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