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Weekly News Round-Up: Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, and Oklahoma

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 4:46pm
Florida: Two articles out of Florida say that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs are about making sure teens are informed when it comes to sex. The first article features the Orange County abstinence-only-until-marriage group Think Smart. It says,…

Wall Street Journal on Teen Pregnancy

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 8:16am
Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal ran a piece called Winning the Battle On Teen Pregnancy. The article compares two adjacent counties in South Carolina (Allendale and Bamberg) that have similar demographics -- more than 1/4 of families live below…

Afternoon Sex Ed Round-Up: California, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma and more...

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:26pm
Florida: An editorial in the Daytona Beach News-Journal argues that parents should talk to their children about sex, and tackles the effectiveness of virginity pledges. Michigan: An op-ed out of Michigan says that "Morality should not be the focus of…

Sex Ed Weekend Round-Up: Kentucky, Michigan, South Dakota, Texas, and more...

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:36am
Kentucky: A local paper notes that parents in northern Kentucky (Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties) can now pick up tool kits from the Northern Kentucky Abstinence and Character Team to help talk with their children about sex. The Abstinence…

Sex Ed News Round-Up: Florida, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, and more...

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 1:58pm
Florida: It seems that taxpayers in Volusia County, Florida, are paying a lot of money ($180,551 to be exact) so that middle schoolers there can take virginity pledges, according to an article in the New Journal. The article notes that Volusia County…

Sex Ed Round-Up: California, Deleware & National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 3:17pm
California: InsideBayArea has an article about teen births in San Joaquin County. The article talks about an organization called Delta Health Care that teaches comprehensive sex education in Tracy, Manteca, Stockton, Lodi and Lathrop. Note that one of…

Afternoon News Round-UP: AZ, MS, and VA

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 5:49pm
Arizona: The Arizona Daily Sun reports that the Flagstaff Unified School District has approved the hiring of a specialist to teach abstinence-plus sex education classes to middle-school and high-schools students. The program will teach kids that abstinence…

News Round-Up: CA, TX, and HPV

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:09pm
California: Good news and bad news from California today. The good news comes in an editorial published in The Californian that discusses why California's teen pregnancy rate is declining faster than any other state. The author notes that a recent study…

Afternoon Round-Up: GA, MO, and Kenya

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 2:43pm
Georgia: On Friday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution published an editorial by Linda Klepacki of Focus on the Family about the HPV vaccine. The piece focuses on the ability to opt-out of the vaccine if it ever becomes mandatory. A letter to the editor…

Morning Round-Up

By Rachel Hart, Reproductive Freedom Project at 10:54am
South Dakota: New sex ed text books were approved last night for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in the Sioux Falls school district. Some parents are still unhappy because the new text's definition of abstinence does not include marriage. It's not clear from…
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