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Grinding to a Halt: Middle School Sex Ed Poster Sparks Outrage

"This has nothing to do with abstinence or sexual reproduction," parent Mark Ellis (above) told his local Fox affiliate. "I would like to see that this particular portion of the curriculum is removed from the school.”

A 13-year-old student recently took a picture of a poster hanging at her school that listed ways in which couples can express affection, including grinding and oral sex. Some parents are outraged, and the sex ed curriculum is now under review. But should it be?

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High School Cheerleaders Benched for Handing Out Condoms

The varsity cheerleading squad in Wharton, Texas, warmed the bench last Friday night because of a homecoming gag that provided condoms to the football team. I'd call this an over-reaction and missed opportunity in a state where high school sexual activity rates are higher than the national average.

The varsity cheerleading squad in Wharton, Texas, warmed the bench last Friday night because of a homecoming gag that provided condoms to the football team. I’d call this an over-reaction and missed opportunity in a state where high school sexual activity rates are higher than the national average.

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Pediatricians Group Advocates for Greater Condom Access for Teens

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The American Academy of Pediatrics released a statement Monday arguing that all barriers to condom access for teens should be removed because increased availability increases use—but does not increase sexual activity.

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Anti-Choicers Trying to Drum Up Anti-Girl Scout Sentiment Again

A new website purporting to "expose" the Girl Scouts' supposedly secret abortion agenda accidentally exposes something else: The way the anti-choice movement uses abortion as a cover story to oppose women's rights and even girls' education.

A new website purporting to “expose” the Girl Scouts’ supposedly secret abortion agenda accidentally exposes something else: The way the anti-choice movement uses abortion as a cover story to oppose women’s rights and even girls’ education.

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My So-Called Sex Education

There’s only so much a biology class could teach me about sexuality, and it didn’t tell me about sexual urges, attraction, or needs.

There’s only so much a biology class could teach me about sexuality, and it didn’t tell me about sexual urges, attraction, or needs.

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Native American Youth Work To Prevent STDs Through Peer Education

Young Native American women at The Gathering of Nations, the largest Native American Pow Wow in North America, taking place at the University of New Mexico on April 24, 2010 in Albuquerque.

As a young person from the same Native American communities as my students, I find it more and more culturally relevant that our younger generation educate each other.

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State Policy Trends 2013: Abortion Bans Move to the Forefront

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Unlike in recent years, when the thrust of legislative activity was on regulating abortion, this year legislators seem to be focusing on banning abortion outright.

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Art Imitating Life—Parks and Recreation Takes on Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Policies

Last week’s episode of Parks and Recreation took on the ridiculousness of abstinence-only-until-marriage policies. Between jokes about old people having sex and mushy bananas, the episode provided some good information and made important points about the sex education debate.

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Young and Restless at the United Nations, Youth Fight For Their Rights

It was a youth takeover at the United Nations last week, for the 45th annual Commission on Population and Development, a global meeting to examine whether and how we are protecting the sexual rights and health of our youngest generation.

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New Research Again Confirms That Comprehensive Sex Ed Delays First Sex and Keeps Teens Safe

New research shows–yet again–that formal comprehensive sex education leads teens to delay their first sexual experience and makes them much more likely to use birth control, make more informed choices about their partners, and reduces risky sex.

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