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Gluttons, Failures and More

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:02pm
There have been several interesting articles on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs as of late. The Nation has a piece called "The Abstinence Gluttons" which traces the cronyism of the Bush Administration's abstinence-only-until-marriage industry. If you thought people weren't making money off these programs think again. The article sorts through a very tangled web of connections between the Administration and private-sector abstinence-only supporters. It also features this quote from a 1999 stump speech that Bush clearly made good on:

Washington Legislature Passes Comprehensive Sex Ed Bill!

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:08am
The Olympian is reporting this morning that the Washington state legislature passed a comprehensive sex education bill last night. The bill is now on its way to the Governor who is expected to sign it into law. Here are some highlights from the article: Under…

Valentine's Day News Round-Up: California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:19pm
Happy Valentine's Day -- or as The Liberty Council calls it "The Fourth Annual Day of Purity." Ever wondered what sorts of demonstrations take place in abstinence-only-until-marriage programs? Here's a sampling from recent news articles: In Montgomery,…

Roe v. Wade: 34 Years Later

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:16am
Roe v. Wade. Few U.S. Supreme Court cases are so well known or incite such strong feelings, but then again, few Supreme Court cases have had such a profound and immediate impact on women in this country as did Roe v. Wade. The ability to decide when…

Editorials Supporting New Jersey's Refusal of Federal Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Dollars

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:47pm
Both The Star-Ledger and the Courier Post have editorials supporting the decision by New Jersey to refuse federal money for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. The Star-Ledger's piece notes the important features of the federal programs -- promoting…

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: Virginia, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:41am
Virginia: The Loudoun Times-Mirror reports on the ACLU of Virginia's efforts to ensure that an abstinence-only-until-marriage assembly at Loudoun County High School did not contain any religious content. The program was sponsored by Life Line Pregnancy…

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 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…
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