Now that Bristol Palin has dared to use her own voice to speak out about the challenges of early motherhood, the fact that “abstinence-only-until-marriage” is unrealistic, and the need for real sex ed, the far right is throwing her under the bus.
“We have not been ones to say that students should not know what preventive measures are all about,” says Sarah Palin. Abstinence or contraception? “Both,” she says.
Abstinence-only-until-marriage is in the news, as is contraception and choice. While some of the news may be intended to seduce moderates into supporting the most extremely conservative GOP platform and ticket in history, the truth of their failures for the past eight years is getting national attention.
Cynthia Rothschild is Senior Policy Advisor to the Center for Women's Global Leadership.
Usually when we think of the HIV pandemic, we think of one big health crisis, and a lot of "mini-pandemics" under its umbrella, many of which are based in social "ills" of some sort. Crises in immigration. Under-resourced or even failing health care systems. Millions of kids who have or will lose their parents to AIDS. But we too infrequently think of HIV as part of *another* pandemic – that of the universal and seemingly un-abating crisis of gender-based violence (GBV) And, more to the point here, we (I understand this "we" to be quite broad: activists, policymakers, researchers, academics, health care providers, teachers, etc.) – "we" writ large – have not paid close enough attention to the ways these social and health crises are linked. HIV and gender-based violence, and violence against women in particular, are mutually reinforcing. In too many circumstances, they invent each other, as cause and consequence.