Last week’s revelation by the CDC that one-quarter of teen-age girls have at least one sexually transmitted disease came as no surprise to Michigan health providers, who say such an epidemic is the fruit of a widespread failure to teach teens about sex.
Until Americans, and our media, stop insisting that our male leaders be a manly and upright family fellow with a docile wife who gazes at him adoringly, we shouldn’t be surprised when that spouse remains devoted in the face of infidelity.
While not one national anti-choice organization supports contraception or science-based sexuality education, some individuals who oppose legal abortion are making the connections on their own: birth control and education reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy and abortions.
As we approach our last chance to improve the PEPFAR reauthorization bill, we must ask ourselves: do we care about claiming a victory on a mediocre piece of legislation and maintaining relationships with Congress, or do we care about taking a principled stand for the needs of people around the world?
Yesterday the CDC finally released data it had long held internally that demonstrates an alarming increase in the number of HIV/AIDS cases among young African-American men who have sex with men (MSM).
Can we stop the anti-abortion movement from co-opting the words of beloved children’s author Doctor Seuss?
Sen. David Vitter (D-LA), of DC Madame fame, will offer an amendment to PEPFAR to reinsert the abstinence-only earmark. What exactly does he know about either abstinence or being faithful?
What do European AIDS advocates have to say about PEPFAR? “The ab-only earmarked funding in PEPFAR goes against modern principles of effective aid … ab-only approaches have no effect in the developing world where a significant percentage of sexual initiation among young girls is coerced or forced.”
No matter how much people intellectually accept that contraception has a failure rate and that even very good, responsible people have a behavior failure rate, admitting an abortion in our society is taken as an admission of carelessness.
Iowa has become the seventeenth state to refuse Title V, Section 510 funding for abstinence-only sex education. Iowa currently receives roughly $319,000 in matching funds from the federal funding stream.