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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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Can We Talk About Sex Positively?

Most people experience sex in positive terms. But much of sex education employs the “disease, disaster, dysfunction” language for sex education. Incorporating pleasure and fun will serve us better than focusing only on the negative.

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House Committee Zeroes Out Traditional Sources of Ab-Only Funding, Removes Ban on Syringe Exchange

This morning, the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies passed the Fiscal Year 2010 appropriations bill and in doing so eliminated traditional sources of abstinence-only-until marriage programs and a ban on syringe exchange for HIV prevention among users of intravenous drugs. The full scope of changes is still, however, being analyzed.

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Jill Stanek Doesn’t Want to Prevent Abortions

Steven Waldman proposes the following hypothetical situation: more premarital sex and fewer abortions. Would pro-lifers accept this trade-off?

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Oregon Reaches for the STARS

In her reader diary, Leah627 writes about the Oregon program STARS, a peer-led abstinence curriculum which teaches middle school students that “Students Today Aren’t Ready for Sex.”

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National Abstinence Education Association Throws Bristol Palin Under the Bus

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.

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Better Late Than Never: Mississippi Sex Ed Bill Addresses Rising Teen Birth Rates

A Mississippi sex ed bill may finally address the rising teen birth rates. But is it too little too late?

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Lessons from the Stimulus Debate: Sex Ed For Talking Heads, Male Lawmakers

The mainstream media discussion of the inclusion of family planning in the stimulus bill ranged from the ridiculous to the pathetic and illustrates the need for sex ed for male lawmakers and talking heads.

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The Uniter…Obama’s First Act as President

President Obama’s first official act is to proclaim today a “National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation.” Can we find that reconciliation between the pro-and anti-choice movements?

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Having the “Text” Talk

The way we teach kids about safe use of the Internet and texting should parallel the way we teach them about safe sex: rather than condemn or forbid behaviors, focus on reducing any associated risks.

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