Blog of Rights


Roe at 35

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 2:52pm
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark abortion rights decision Roe v. Wade. In honor of the anniversary, the ACLU put together a video featuring interviews with ACLU staff from across the organization concerning the role of reproductive freedom in ensuring the full-range of civil liberties. If you think that access to abortion has nothing to do with gay and lesbian rights, racial justice, or immigrants' rights, think again. A statement about today's anniversary from Louise Melling, the Director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, is also online and draws important links between abortion and women's equality:

Arizona makes 16!

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 5:53pm
We just got word that the governor of Arizona announced today that she has turned down federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs! Arizona is now the 16th state that no longer accepts funds for these programs. More information to…

Opinion, Opinions, Opinions.

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 2:00pm
So far, 2008 has been chock-full of opinion pieces on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, no doubt driven by the perfect storm of media coverage: Jamie-Lynn's pregnancy in the tabloids, Juno, a new movie dealing with teen pregnancy, in theaters,…

A sex ed resolution for 2008

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 1:59pm
With the New Year upon us, it seems only right to examine the state of sex education in the U.S. Launched in June 2005, this blog has witnessed a great deal of change. Back then, only a handful of states had rejected federal funds for abstinence-only-until-marriage…

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…

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.…

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…
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