Maria Talk Gets Revamped Due To Anti-Choice Pressure


The Maria Talks website, a teen sex information site that was under fire by anti-choice activists who declared that it was “dirty” and made abortion sound “too easy,” has been changed.

The Boston Herald reports:

“We needed to pull back a little bit, and add a more cautious and medically accurate tone,” Department of Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach told the Herald.

Auerbach said he decided to revise some of the “controversial” language on Maria Talks after hearing complaints from about 20 lawmakers. The site, produced by the AIDS Action Committee, described abortion as “more common than you might think.”

The updated Web site, due to roll out today, will still discuss teen pregnancy and abortion, but in a way “that isn’t emotionally charged or doesn’t underestimate the seriousness of the decisions,” Auerbach said. “It will address some of the concerns we heard.”

The revised site, Auerbach said, will recommend that teens who are afraid to talk to their parents about pregnancy and abortion ask their doctor for help. It will also use different language to describe abortion.

Objections made by anti-choice advocates included the site using common words for sexual acts, not telling teens that getting abortions without telling their parents is really really bad, and not informing young women that having an abortion will leave you scarred for for life both physically and mentally.  So we can expect the revamped Maria Talks to look much more like a crisis pregnancy center website full of medically inaccurate information with information no longer at all helpful to teens.

Enjoy your teen pregnancy boom, Boston!

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  • mm23

    Why is it such a problem to use the correct term? PRO=LIFE is the correct term.

  • prochoiceferret

    Why is it such a problem to use the correct term? PRO=LIFE is the correct term.

     

    Women who have lost their life from the lack of the choice of abortion would disagree.

  • arekushieru

    You are NOT ProLife in practice. Your movement generally opposes any life-saving procedure, whether it be a late-term abortion, single-payer health care, programs that help disadvantaged women, men, children and families, contraception, mandatory organ donation, etc.  That’s why anti-choice is the correct term.

  • prochoiceferret

    So we can expect the revamped Maria Talks to look much more like a crisis pregnancy center website full of medically inaccurate information with information no longer at all helpful to teens.

     

    You know, Robin, it would be more informative if you could quote someone who has actually looked at the revised Web site, compared it with the old one, and reported what sort of changes were made. Leave the cynical speculation to us commenters. We’re good at that.

     

    For what it’s worth, here is the statement on the changes by Rebecca Haag of the AIDS Action Committee:

     

    MariaTalks.com remains a medically-accurate and science-based source of information for teens about matters related to sexual health. The content changes to the site made today were minimal and no sections were deleted.  Most of the changes made just repeated information already on the site in another section. Some content was enhanced and we added some referral links, making it easier to navigate from one section to another.  We also added more descriptive language to the sections of the site dealing with reproductive health.

    Maria is still talking to young teens about sexual health and all of the options available to them.  The new version reflects input from reproductive health experts, youth experts as well as medical professionals. We think these changes improve the site and we encourage people to visit MariaTalks.com to see for themselves.

    We thank the Patrick Administration and many legislative allies for their continued support of MariaTalks.com and for recognizing—and acting upon—the importance of making accurate, evidence-based sexuality education available to young people, who without this information are more vulnerable to unintended pregnancies as well as HIV infection and other sexually-transmitted diseases.

     

    http://blog.aac.org/index.php/2011/06/10/statement-by-rebecca-haag-president-ceo-of-aids-action-committee-on-mariatalkscom/