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Sex Ed Round-UP: Ohio and Virginia

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:49am
Ohio: Cleveland school officials have announced a plan to expand sex education curriculum to include age-appropriate lessons beginning as early as kindergarten in an effort to reach all 58,000 students in the city. (Currently many Cleveland schools only…

Federal Watchdog Agency Says Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs Must Contain Medically Accurate Information!

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:56pm
Yesterday the Government Accountability Office (GAO) sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) advising HHS to reexamine its position on the Public Health Service Act. The Act requires educational materials to contain medically…

Sex Ed Round-Up: Virginia, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:41am
Virginia: The Loudoun Times-Mirror reports on the ACLU of Virginia's efforts to ensure that an abstinence-only-until-marriage assembly at Loudoun County High School did not contain any religious content. The program was sponsored by Life Line Pregnancy…

Sex Ed Round-Up: Alabama, Arizona, and Florida

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 2:11pm
Alabama: The Birmingham News reports that teen pregnancy is on the decline in the state. The only mention in the article of the role that prevention plays in reducing teen pregnancy comes from Don Bogie, a sociologist with the Auburn University Center…

Weekly News Round-Up: Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, Utah and Wyoming

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:36pm
Colorado: The Daily Times-Call has an article about a new health clinic for teens in Longmont. Intake over the summer has shown that the clinic is clearly filling a need in the community, especially since teens in Longmont only receive abstinence-only-until-marriage…

Sex Ed Round Up: Arizona, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, and Texas

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:10pm
Arizona: Last week, the Kyrene Elementary School District Governing Board unanimously approved updating the district's health curriculum for sixth through eighth grades. The curriculum will now include statements that "sex" refers to vaginal, oral and…

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…

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…

Sex Ed News Round-Up: Alaska, California, Georgia, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:42am
Alaska: The Anchorage Daily News has an announcement for a "Now I Know" abstinence-only-until-marriage rally aimed at teen girls. The event is put on by a group called My Sister's Keeper Alaska. Aside from curiosity about what the event will be like,…

Thursday News Round-Up: Teen condom use, MTV examines sex ed controversy, the short film The Pledgers, and news from Washington

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:24pm
An article in USA Today examines a report released Monday by Child Trends that reveals that most sexually active teens don't regularly use condoms (only 47 percent of boys and 28 percent of girls report always using a condom when they have sex). Co-authors…
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