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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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Here’s A Yummy Marshmallow – Don’t Eat It Until You’re Married

The League of Young Voters sounds the alarm on abstinence-only funding restored in the health care reform bill in a hilarious new video that parodies the “marshmallow test” experiment…

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Crisis Pregnancy Center Accused of Coercive Adoption Techniques Receives Federal Funding

Following on to Kathryn Joyce’s piece on Crisis Pregnancy Centers and adoption today on RH Reality Check (in which Joyce points to Bethany Adoption center as an example), Sarah Posner reports today in the American Prospect that in addition to other federal money, Bethany has recieved 8 federal grants totalling over $3 million in 2009.

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Roundup: GOP Supports Big Government: Under Your Bed, In Your Bed, and In Your Medicine Chest

Those wild and crazy Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee can’t make up their minds about big government! They like big government subsidies if they are from farm states with lots of farmers (alive, dead, whose counting?), but they don’t like big government subsidies for poor women seeking, say, contraceptive supplies, breast and cervical cancer treatment, or testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (bad, bad, bad!).

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National and State ACLU File Suit to End Ab-Only Funding in Mississippi

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Mississippi today asked a federal court in Mississippi to end government funding of religion in the state’s abstinence-only-until-marriage program.

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Eight Months On, HHS Still Peddles Abstinence-Only

The department of Health and Human Services is running a new TV commercial that tells parents “you don’t have to tell (your children) about ‘the parts’… just tell (them) to wait.”

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Stoking Fire: The Sexual Politics of Condom Use

In the Caribbean, where HIV is a public health crisis, government, media, business and NGOs have responded with frank and open talk about prevention. In the U.S., by contrast,
56,000 newly diagnosed cases of HIV a year get scant notice.

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Listen Up! Maternal Health, Purity Myths and Female Sexual Power on WBAI (and WBAI.org)

This Friday, August 21st from 1:00-2:00 pm EST, listen in as Jennifer Block, Jessica Valenti and Jaclyn Friedman talk to Women’s Media Center’s Tristan Aaron about taking care of pregnant and laboring mamas in this country, the big fail of abstinence-only programs and creating a culture of female sexual empowerment.

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Senate Sub-Committee: Ab-Only Out, Syringe Ban Still In; Advocates Hope for Further Changes in Conference Committee

A sub-committee of the Senate Appropriations Committee last night approved a Fiscal Year 2010 Appropriations bill that zeroes out funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage funding, increases funding for HIV prevention and health research, but retains a ban on syringe exchange.

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Late-Night Committee Votes Yield Success for Sex Ed Programs within Health Care Reform

Advocates for evidence-based, comprehensive sex education realized two major gains in the health care reform process last night, defeating an amendment to the House Energy and Commerce Committee Affordable Health Choices Act that would have extended discredited abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, and passing another amendment introduced by Congresswman Lois Capps creating a Healthy Teen Initiative.

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