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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…

State Round-Up: Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia, and more...

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 5:38pm
Colorado: The Board of Education in Mesa County Valley School District 51 is considering whether or not to change the high school sex education curriculum. The proposed curriculum would require lessons on abstinence, STDs, and birth control. Some parents…

State Round-Up: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana, and Maryland

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 2:59pm
Alaska: The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that in the second year following cuts to sex education programs, teen pregnancies are on the rise at the local high school. One teacher reports that students are unsure of where to go and how to get tested for…

State Round-Up: Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Texas

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:18pm
Georgia: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an interesting pro-con piece on whether the federal government should fund abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. The con piece notes that marriage is not a guarantee for protection against STDs: The institution…

No Kidding in Texas

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:04pm
Marketplace ran a story yesterday about a program in Texas called No Kidding that attempts to persuade teens not to have sex by educating them about the costs of raising a child (on average about $250,000). The program is part of the state Attorney General's…

State Round-Up: California, Florida, Rhode Island and APHA

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:53am
And the abstinence-only-until-marriage/comprehensive sex ed debate rages on in 2007.... California: An article in the Los Angeles Daily News profiles the abstinence-only-until-marriage program Positively Waiting and the ACLU's successful efforts to remove…

Decline in Teen Pregnancy Rates the Result of Better Contraceptive Use

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 1:52pm
On Friday, researchers at the Guttmacher Institute published an article in the American Journal of Public Health that attributes the recent decline in teen pregnancy rates to better contraceptive use. The article entitled, "Explaining Recent Declines…

Sleeping in the Rain

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 7:10am
It's is 12:45am. Laura Fix and I have been sitting outside the U.S. Supreme Court since 7:30pm and the weather is not on our side. We are 11th and 12th in line for tomorrow's argument in two chalenges to the first-ever federal ban on abortion practice…

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…

New Jersey Rejects Federal Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Dollars!

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 1:43pm
The Star-Ledger reports that yesterday New Jersey rejected federal abstinence-only-until-marriage funding because, "the strings attached to the [federal] money contradict [New Jersey's] own sex education and AIDS education programs." Since 1997, New Jersey…
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