Religious right wing organizations have more empathy for Bristol Palin’s pregnancy than they know what to do with. But empathy is nowhere to be found in their judgmental policy agendas for the rest of American teens.
Mexico Supreme Court will uphold one-year-old Mexico City abortion law; Confusion still remains about John McCain’s anti-choice positions; Pennsylvania asks for federal abstinence-only funds for after school programs.
The far right has been waging a war against sex education, contraception and family planning for decades, More than 100 members of congress write Bush on HHS proposal, New gag rule for Indian Health Services, Family planning in the Phillipines, HIV/AIDS in the US South.
Catholics for Choice launches campaign against birth control ban, Planned Parenthood ad gets Bill O’Reilly all wound up, Baby dead in Chicago after mother apparently gives herself abortion, Catching up on sex education.
Californians will vote on parental notification and gay marriage ballot measures in November, Swift Boat PR firm takes on mantle of abstinence-only education.
FDA wants information about fetal affects on drug labels, What are the ethics of sex selection?, UN releases report on HIV/AIDS efforts.
McCain rejects two extremist pastors, Better sex ed in NY, Humanae vitae’s legacy, Beginning of end of Dem race?
McCain would dramatically alter balance of court, gay marriage in Mass four years later, 90% of teenage girls are harassed.
From new commitments to sex education programs to progress on securing a women’s right to abortion, these ten developments show that women’s health was a priority concern in 2007, and will continue to require our attention and dedication in 2008.
For the first time since 1991, teen birth rates in the United States rose last year, interrupting a 14 year steady decline. The findings add fuel to the fire that started several months ago with the release of the Mathematica report detailing the failure of abstinence-only programs.