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My Right to Choose My Daughter Made Me the Confident Woman I Am Today

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In a strange turn of events and circumstance—being pregnant at 15—I found I suddenly had my life in my own hands. Finally people wanted to know what I wanted. Four days before my sixteenth birthday I became a teen mom, by my own choice.

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How Do You End an Epidemic of STDs? It Takes a Country

When we all do our part, we lift the health of our communities up as a whole.

While the cool mornings here in our nation’s capital may belie it, it is April again, which means the yearly observation of Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month.

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Vagina Is an ‘Inappropriate’ Word, and Other Ridiculous Tales from the World of Sex Ed

An Idaho science teacher has found himself under investigation for using the word vagina in a class on human reproduction. As ridiculous as this sounds, he is not alone.

An Idaho science teacher has found himself under investigation for using the word vagina in a class on human reproduction. As ridiculous as this sounds, he is not alone.

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North Dakota Lawmakers Fight Sex Ed While Trying to Ban Safe Abortions

just adding a lesson about contraception cannot turn a fear- and shame-based program into anything better.

If you really want there to be fewer abortions, you need there to be fewer unintended pregnancies, right? And yet anti-choice lawmakers from the state are trying to end a sex-ed program for at-risk youth.

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Watch Texas Sen. Dan Patrick Snipe and Holler His Way Through a Sex Ed Hearing

Texas Senator Dan Patrick

Patrick wants to keep Planned Parenthood from providing sex education curriculum in public schools. Watch how he treats citizens who respectfully disagree with him.

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North Carolina Considers Bill to Teach School Children Abortion Causes Preterm Birth

School children will learn that abortion causes preterm birth if a new bill becomes law.

School children will learn that abortion causes preterm birth if a new bill becomes law.

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Tennessee’s Newest “Don’t Say Gay Bill” is Worse Than it Ever Was

(solidrarity.wordpress.com)

Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill is back and now this time it might force school officials to “out” any students who they suspect might be gay. In the face of much criticism, the bill’s sponsor has unleashed one homophobic remark after another. 

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In Teen Pregnancy Prevention, the Ends Don’t Justify the Means

(Daily News)

A new document designed to settle debates over how to approach teen pregnancy prevention implies that evidence should trump content. As a sexuality educator and a mother, I have to disagree. What you say is important, as is how you say it and, frankly, equally important is what you deliberately leave out (e.g. no mention of same-sex relationships).

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Is Better Access to Sex Ed and Contraceptive Methods Behind the Latest Significant Decline in Abortion Rates?

Does the decline in abortion rates indicate better reproductive health choices and outcomes for women? And if so, how do we continue to build on this success?

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ELECTION 2012: The Power of the Youth Vote

Kathy Willens/Associated Press

Yesterday, any doubt about the power of Millennials was laid to rest. Young people voted at record levels, representing 19 percent of the total voting public – the largest percentage ever, including in the 2008 presidential election.

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