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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 Based Abstinence Education Program by $27.8 million in fiscal year 2008. We need your help to change this unconscionable situation!! Visit the ACLU action center so you can tell Congress that it is unacceptable to increase funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.

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,…

Washington Legislature Passes Comprehensive Sex Ed Bill!

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:08am
The Olympian is reporting this morning that the Washington state legislature passed a comprehensive sex education bill last night. The bill is now on its way to the Governor who is expected to sign it into law. Here are some highlights from the article: Under…

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…

Op-Eds and Legislation Supporting Comprehensive Sex Education

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:13pm
Over the last couple days, several op-eds supporting comprehensive sex education have appeared in papers across the country. The Citrus County Chronicle discusses a new bill in the Florida Legislature that would require schools to notify parents about…

TomPaine.com: Lies We Teach Teenagers

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 6:25pm
TomPaine.com features an op-ed today from the ACLU's very own Julie Sternberg. Here's a snippet: Adolescence. We've all been there, and I would bet that most everyone remembers how awkward it can be. Hormones surge. Bodies transform. And suddenly there…

News Round-Up: Sexuality in sex ed, fertility, the importance of religious leaders in preventing teen pregnancy, and a look at Sweden.

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:35pm
Two articles on sex ed grace the pages of The Washington Post this week. One examines national trends surrounding the teaching of sexuality in sex ed classes. Not surprisingly, whether or not gay and lesbian issues are addressed, and if they are, how…

TV and radio segments on abstinence-only programs

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 6:56pm

The Today Show on NBC had a segment this morning on Purity Balls -- these balls seem to be getting a lot of attention as of late. You can watch the video here.

Also NPR ran a really interesting story this week on a church in Washington state…

I'm Taboo

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:23am
Sex, Etc., a national magazine and Web site on sexual health written by and for teens, has launched a new campaign to promote comprehensive sex education called "I'm Taboo." The campaign provides teens with a forum to submit videos and written submissions…
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