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Fantastic win in Brevard County, Florida!

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:39am
Last month I blogged about (last paragraph) a controversy in Brevard County, Florida, over the school district's sex ed curriculum. The local school board was divided over what exactly students should learn when it comes to contraceptives. According to an article in Florida Today, the district's current curriculum "gives contraceptive information only in the context of a 'failed approach' and does not include discussion about condoms or birth control 'except through student initiated questions.' " In a stunning vote last night, the Brevard County School Board approved the Superintendent's recommendation that information on contraceptives should be added to the middle and high school sex ed curriculum. Abstinence will still be stressed in accordance with Florida law, but teens in Brevard will now also have information on how to protect against pregnancy and STDs unless their parents opt them out of the class.

News Round Up: Congress Rolls Over, Florida, Maryland and South Carolina

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:22pm
A lot has happened in the abstinence-only world as of late. Earlier this month, Congress reauthorized funding for abstinence-only programs at least until September 30, 2007. James Wagoner of Advocates for Youth had this to say about the extension: In…

Former Surgeon General Silenced on Abstinence-Only

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:42pm
On Tuesday, former Surgeon General Richard Carmona testified at a Congressional hearing that the Bush Administration repeatedly silenced his views on a host of issues including abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. Both the Associated Pressand Washington…

News Round Up: Minnesota, New York and Oklahoma

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 1:37pm
Across the country, papers are featuring editorials and op-eds on the issue of abstinence-only programs. One editorial from the Tulsa World in Oklahoma noted some very frightening beliefs about birth control among local teens: If boys drink a lot of Mountain…

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.…

Halt Funding Increase for Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 5:28pm
A Democratic Congress is poised to give a failed policy -- abstinence-only-until-marriage programs -- its second-largest funding increase. The House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee voted this week to increase funding for the Community…

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,…

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…

New Hope for Reality and Truth

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:06pm
Yesterday, Wade Horn, Assistant Secretary for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced his resignation. Horn, a 2001 appointee, oversaw the dramatic increase in federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage…

HHS assistant secretary for children and families resigns.

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 5:30pm
Wade Horn, assistant secretary for children and families, in the Department of Health and Human Services announced his resignation today. Appointed by the Bush Administration in 2001, Horn oversaw the dramatic increase in federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage…
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