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Editorial Support for Comprehensive Sex Ed and a look at the film Sex Ed and the State

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:16am
Over the last several weeks op-eds and editorials supporting comprehensive sex ed have appeared in papers across the country. This is not at all surprising given that the end of summer marks the beginning of a new school year. An editorial in the Athens Banner-Herald out of Georgia encourages the Clarke County School District to reconsider its abstinence-only-until-marriage approach to sex ed. Citing the efforts of a local task force to reduce both the poverty rate (Athens-Clarke County has the fifth highest poverty rate in the nation) and the teen pregnancy rate ("approximately one of every three young girls in the county will have a child before she is 20 years old") the editorial notes that without a change in the curriculum it will be difficult to tackle these issues. In New Mexico, The Albuquerque Tribune says that the abstinence-only-until-marriage program Albuquerque's Best Choice "does not offer the best choice, either in the integrity of its own operations [the program is currently being investigated by federal authorities for "fiscal irregularities"] or in the sex-education information that it is transmitting to students in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho schools" and cites a comprehensive approach as the best for students in a county with a high teen pregnancy rate. An op-ed in the Press & Sun Bulletin out of Binghamton, New York, says comprehensive sex ed should be added to the three Rs -- reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Preserving Patients' Access to Prescriptions in Washington State

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:25pm

Most people don't think twice when they visit their local pharmacy to fill a prescription. A doctor writes a prescription and a pharmacy dispenses it, right? Well, more and more people are discovering that the answer is often not quite that simple. Back…

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…

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…

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,…

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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