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Contraception Extremism and the Right-Wing Bubble

I should not have to choose between keeping my job and losing my dignity.

How did the Republicans get themselves into this shutdown mess? Part of the problem is they are remarkably out of touch, and you can look no further than Republican discourse on contraception to see how bad it’s gotten in the right-wing bubble.

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Art Imitating Life—Parks and Recreation Takes on Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Policies

Last week’s episode of Parks and Recreation took on the ridiculousness of abstinence-only-until-marriage policies. Between jokes about old people having sex and mushy bananas, the episode provided some good information and made important points about the sex education debate.

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Sex Education in Mississippi: Why It Is Time to Celebrate Progress

Under a new law requiring Mississippi schools to choose either an abstinence-plus or an abstinence-only policy, 71 schools chose the broader policy. This is progress, even for Mississippi.

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New Research Again Confirms That Comprehensive Sex Ed Delays First Sex and Keeps Teens Safe

New research shows–yet again–that formal comprehensive sex education leads teens to delay their first sexual experience and makes them much more likely to use birth control, make more informed choices about their partners, and reduces risky sex.

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House Republicans Propose a Massive Step Backwards in Sex Education and Women’s Health

In the name of fiscal responsibility, House Republicans suggest cutting teen pregnancy programs, the CDC budget, and Title X family planning.  But, interestingly, they’re bringing back funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. 

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Morning Roundup: Lautenberg and Lee Introduce Bill Banning Funding of Abstinence-Only Programs

The Illinois House is using the conservative Agriculture Committee to pass anti-choice bills, North Dakota is looking at a personhood bill, and Sen. Lautenberg and Rep. Lee introduce a bill banning federal funding of ineffective abstinence programs.

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Ab-only Leader Praises “Kill the Gays” Ugandan Minister

Whether Mullarkey intended her statements to represent the official position of Project SOS or her own private reflections, they reveal the core beliefs of the leader of one of Florida’s major abstinence-only-until-marriage institutions.

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Midland Superintendent Shocked–Just Shocked!–by Teen Pregnancy Rate in Public Schools

One hundred and twenty girls in the Midland, TX school district–including one as young as twelve (!)–are in the family way so far this school year.

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US Global AIDS Policy: Emergency Course Correction Required

December 1, 2009, marks President Obama’s first World AIDS Day in the White House and the first World AIDS Day for the newly elected Congress. The time is right for a frank assessment of his first year in the fight against global AIDS as President. This analysis focuses on the funding and policy decisions the Administration has made since taking office in January 2009, and assesses the human impact of those decisions.

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Ab-Only Programs: What Part of “They Don’t Work” Is Hard to Understand?

Over 80 percent of ab-only curricula provides misleading, medically inaccurate information about contraception and sex, yet the Senate finance committee voted to fund these programs. What part of “they don’t work” is hard to understand?

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