Lon Newman, executive director of Family Planning Health Services in Central Wisconsin responds to Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth’s recent assertion that teaching sex ed is “advocating” for teen sex.
Imagine your school district got a letter from the district attorney threatening to arrest and charge teachers for teaching a curriculum approved by the state legislature for contributing to the “delinquency of a minor.” That’s exactly what happened in Wisconsin.
Last summer, the $50 million-a-year federal Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage grant program died a quiet death, only to come back to life, zombie-like, in the healthcare reform bill.
For the nation’s consumers and providers of reproductive health care, and for advocates of reproductive health and rights, the healthcare reform legislation just enacted is something of a mixed bag.
Encouraging spiritual leaders and congregations to promote open, factual discussions on sex, sexuality and social justice is the focus of a new report by the Religious Institute.
Abstinence-only-until-marriage proponents hope that by misrepresenting the recent study on abstinence education they can continue getting funding for programs that have nothing in common with the single one that’s been proven effective.
This morning’s roundup is about state legislation and some of good and bad bills currently being debated in statehouses around the country.
A broad coalition of medical and social service groups supports passage of the Healthy Youth Act in Wisconsin. But a minority is using coercive tactics and misinformation to kill a bill that would fund desperately-needed services.
In Missouri, advocates are preparing for another round of attacks on reproductive health care while dealing with the fall out from anti-choice legislation passed in previous sessions.
An epidemic of sexually transmitted infections in the U.S. disproportionately affects blacks, youth, gays and the poor. Talking openly about sex is the first step in prevention.