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Back To School: The Politics of Sex Education in the States

A roundup of sex ed news as students across the country head back into the classroom.

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Roundup: Is the Tide Changing on Comprehensive Sex Ed?

As more people are beginning to see the logic in preventing teen pregnancies and STIs, could the tide finally be changing on comprehensive sex ed?

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Teen Sex Doesn’t Mean Bad Grades, Says New Study

A new study concludes that teens who have sex in committed relationships are not suffering the fire-and-brimstone the religious right claim will befall young people who are sexually active. It’s the importance of the relationship that matters; not the sexual activity.

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Guns and Genitals: Sex-Ed Montana Style

Many of the same states that resist comprehensive sex ed also have loose laws for gun ownership.  Gun-rights advocates maintain that straight-forward education is the best way to keep kids safe. So why do we treat sex ed differently?

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Why Are We Still Funding Abstinence-Only Programming?

I’m at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna and I’m wondering why the Obama Administration is still funding failed Bush Administration “prevention” programs?

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Roundup: Misinformed, Misunderstood and Misled – Why We Need Sex Education

A new study in Australia shows women don’t understand the morning after pill.  But the biggest problem is a lack of understanding in their own reproductive health.

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Gay Slurs, Erotic Art: Sex Ed and Christianity in Montana

In Helena, Montana, educators are trying to implement comprehensive sex education.  But the curriculum has spurred furious right-wing opposition, and false claims about the content.

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Opening New Horizons on Faith-Based Sex Education

Can religious groups offer quality sex ed programming?

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Anti-Choice “Freedom Rides” Seek to Curtail Freedom

A legacy of the Civil Rights movement is the struggle for rights and access without fear of violence.  But those who oppose abortion rights are not fighting for anything; rather they are fighting against women’s freedom.

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Of The Catholic Church, Censorship and High-School Sex

What, if any, responsibility does the Catholic Church have to adapt to the realities of a contemporary society when it comes to sex-ed and contraception, especially when the health and potentially life of students are at risk?

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