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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…

New York Rejects Federal Abstinence-Only Dollars!

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:26pm
Yesterday, the New York Civil Liberties Union released a report examining federal funding of abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in the state. Financing Ignorance: A Report on Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding in New York investigates 39 abstinence-only-until-marriage…

News Round Up: Colorado, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Missouri

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 2:36pm
Over the last week, school districts all over the country have grappled with the issue of sex ed. In El Dorado, Kansas, the school board will vote tonight on whether or not to adopt the abstinence-only-until-marriage curriculum Choosing the Best. Reviews…

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…

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…

Gluttons, Failures and More

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:02pm
There have been several interesting articles on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs as of late. The Nation has a piece called "The Abstinence Gluttons" which traces the cronyism of the Bush Administration's abstinence-only-until-marriage industry.…

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…
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