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The anti birth control movement!?

Rachel Hart,
Reproductive Freedom Project
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March 20, 2006

Yep it exists.Salon published a really interesting article today called “The battle to ban birth control.” After reading it I think there might be some potential ties between the anti birth control movement and the fight against comprehensive sex ed.Here’s one quote from the article about the HPV/condom battle (a topic I have blogged about before)”Another successful campaign has centered on condoms. In 2000, at the behest of then-Rep. and anti-choice ally Tom Coburn, R-Okla., the National Institutes of Health convened a panel of experts to evaluate the condom’s effectiveness at preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. The panel concluded that correct condom use definitively protected against the spread of HIV and gonorrhea, and that there was “a strong probability of condom effectiveness” for other STDs, including human papillomavirus (HPV). Coburn used the findings to declare that condoms don’t protect against HPV — a wild misappropriation of fact that has nonetheless become a big part of the anti-choice argument against the condom’s efficacy. Under pressure from Coburn and other anti-choice activists, the Centers for Disease Control was forced to revise its Web site fact sheet on condoms. There is now a box in the center of the page that reads, in part, “While the effect of condoms in preventing human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is unknown, condom use has been associated with a lower rate of cervical cancer, an HPV-associated disease” — not quite the same as saying, as the CDC previously did, that condoms protect against HPV.”So, after reading the article what do people think?

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