Many young people continue to lack confidential access to health care and that significantly obstructs their use of critical sexual and reproductive health services, such as birth control.
A parent’s freakout over the possibility that her teenage daughter might talk to a doctor without a parent present is an important reminder that adolescent rights to medical privacy are ill-defined and need to be clarified, to protect teenage health.
The far right continues to use the “sex boogeyman” as a scare tactic to undermine comprehensive sex ed, here and abroad. Agence-France Press reports that guidelines originally drafted by the UN cultural organisation Unesco will promote…..(gasp!)….masturbation.
Age-in-years, all by itself, doesn’t tend to be a good marker of when someone is or is not ready for sex.
The cobbled-together, patchwork sex ed I got at my West Texas high school in the 1990s was better than the outright lies abstinence-only programs push.
EEOC officials oppose new HHS regulations; anti-choicers move toward common ground; ACLU seeks documents regarding teen health policy; priest asks parishioners to repent for voting for Obama.