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Perry and the HPV Vaccine: Selling Women’s Health (and Everything Else) to the Highest Bidder

In 2007, Rick Perry signed an executive order mandating HPV vaccines for all girls entering the sixth grade. While he’s stood behind this decision for years, he began back-peddling as soon as he began running for president.  While we may never know what Perry really thinks about HPV, STDs, and prevention, a close look at this issues shows us what he thinks about campaign contributions. 

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Making Media To Expose Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Messages

A new series of animated videos featuring content from actual abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula, programs, and lesson plans is being created to raise awareness and get youth involved.

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Raising Expectations in the Rockies: Colorado’s Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Industry and the Imperative for Real Sex Ed

Despite an increasingly progressive climate around sexual health education, Colorado’s abstinence-only-until-marriage industry continues to thrive, and continues to use dangerous and discriminatory approaches in reaching vulnerable youth.

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Ten Better Things To Do With $30,000 Than Hire Bristol Palin to Speak

Bristol Palin wants to be paid $30,000 to to talk about abstinence-until-marriage. Is it worth it? The answer is an unqualified and unmitigated “no.” Here are 10 other things to do with that money.

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Will Ab-Only Retire With Obey?

The nation’s capitol is swirling today with talk of the impending retirement of another veteran lawmaker, David Obey (D-Wisc.). His retirement could have major implications for reproductive health issues in the House.

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ACLU Sues USAID: Are We Exporting US Taxpayer-Funded Religion?

The ACLU is suing USAID for documents that may shed some light on unconstitutional funding of religion in abstinence-only-until-marriage programs abroad.

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STOKING FIRE: The Chastity-Prolife Connection

Generation Life’s mission, focused on the “chastity-prolife” connection, rests on the preaching of an ossified formula of gendered behavior that is both intensely rigid and rooted in fantasy.

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Ab-Only May Help PreTeens Delay Sex

Research released this week on an “abstinence-only” program for young, urban African American preteens found success in delaying sex for up to 24 months, but does not support the failed ab-only-until-marriage programs of the Bush era.

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Pre-Packaging Gender Roles: Abstinence-Only Programs Perpetuate Dangerous Stereotypes

The notion that men and women sure are different is at the center of best-selling books, at least one Broadway play, and pretty much all episodes of “Everybody Love Raymond.” But as much as it can be mined for humor, it can also be pretty damaging. While there is some truth to the whole “men are from Mars women are from Venus” kind of thinking, the solution isn’t, as ab-only programs would have us believe, to accept these behaviors as innate and unchangeable and let either sex (though let’s face it, mostly men) behave badly as result. Instead students should be asked to question the nature, validity, and origin of these gender stereotypes, and to explore how stereotypes affect communication within friendships and sexual relationships.

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PEPFAR: Are Abstinence Requirements Really Gone?

While prevention restrictions under US Global AIDS Policy were made looser in last year’s reauthorization bill, the new law includes worrisome reporting requirements for prevention programs.

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