Anti-choice North Dakota lawmakers may be ready to ban abortion and possibly some forms of birth control, but even they recognize that blocking federal money for a sex ed program serving at-risk teens may be going too far.
Reproductive health and rights were once again the subject of extensive debate in state capitols in 2012. Over the course of the year, 42 states and the District of Columbia enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. One-third of these new provisions, 43 in 19 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services.
Last night, Utah Governor Gary Herbert vetoed an abstinence-only-until-marriage law that would have required that schools replace comprehensive sexual health education with discredited abstinence-only-until-marriage instruction. He angered far-right wing supporters of the bill, but did the right thing for teens and young adults in his state.
In preparation for what may eventually be another Lila Rose grainy expose trumpeted by the Right, it’s helpful to brush up on where millions and millions of tax-dollars are going to pay for sex “education:” ineffective and stigmatizing abstinence-only-until marriage programs.
For decades, students’ likelihood of receiving sex ed in NYC public schools has come down to the luck of the draw. New York City’s universal standard for sex education, announced in August, seeks to put an end to the loose patchwork of programs across the city. But the usual suspects are using fear-mongering and falsehoods to push their agenda of ignorance.
Calling the program “graphic and explicit,” three local politicians spoke out yesterday against the city’s sex ed mandate at a protest rally (or maybe it was just a press conference) in Brooklyn.
An op-ed in today’s New York Times preys on parents fears about sex ed but a closer look shows that it is not as much about sexuality education as it is an overt example of how far the socially conservative agenda is pervading all aspects of our culture.
A right-wing group affiliated with the Catholic Church hierarchy is advocating against New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s new sex-ed mandate while also opposing access to family planning services and decrying the city’s abortion rate.
Earlier this week, New York City announced that all public middle and high schools must provide a semester of sex education in 6th or 7th grade, and again in 9th or 10th grade. HIV-positive women worked for several years to make this happen.
New York City takes steps to protect students by mandating that public schools offer comprehensive sex education.