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FDA Approves Emergency Contraception for Over-the-Counter Use

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:58pm
Yesterday the FDA finally approved use of the emergency contraceptive, Plan B, without a prescription. Unfortunately, as part of its approval, the FDA included an arbitrary and unscientific age restriction that not only infringes on privacy rights but will also deter women of all ages from purchasing the drug. For more information check out the ACLU's press release.

Weekly Round-Up: Alabama, Arizona, Nevada and Ohio

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 6:28pm
Alabama: Last week in Baldwin County school officials put a stop to condom distribution at a talk on HIV awareness. Arizona: The debate at Kyrene Elementary School District continues. The question is whether schools should tell sixth- through eighth-graders…

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…

Scared Straight in California

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:44pm

The Selma Enterprise in CA reports that students in the Selma Unified School District will now be able to take the abstinence-only program Making a Difference:

DeLeon said she likes to call the HIV and STD portions of the program "Scared Straight,"…

New study says condoms can protect against HPV

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:24am

An article in this morning's New York Times reports that the consistent use of condoms protects against HPV.

In the study, which independent experts said was the most conclusive to examine the role of condoms in preventing infection with the…

WAIT Training

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 2:31pm

The Caspar Star Tribune published a letter to the editor earlier this month from Linda Burt, the Executive Director of the ACLU of Wyoming, about a recent abstinence-only-until-marriage event in Natrona County put on by the group WAIT Training.

WAIT…

if ur yng and wnt the 411 on sex, just txt ;-).

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:22am

I hate when people text me and things like "ur" or "l8r" appear on the screen. But despite my dislike of this "shorthand" it is probably here to stay -- especially among teens. San Francisco launched a pilot program last month that aims to use the…

Is Teen Sex Bad?

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:42am

The Washington Post as a special feature on teen sex in today's issue. Here are some highlights:

U.S. teens also have a higher rate of infection and STDs -- due to lower condom use, according to the report.

The U.S. teen pregnancy rate…

Abstinence: Here, There, Everywhere!

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:09pm

If you thought the administration was only pushing abstinence-only-until-marriage education at home, well, you'd be wrong.

Back in December, NPR’s All Things Considered ran a interesting segment called Abstinence, Condom Use at Odds in Overseas…

Not In My State!

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 9:49am

That's what ACLU affiliates in 18 states are saying today about abstinence-only-until-marriage programming. Affiliates in Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,…

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