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California Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Ruling Underscores Need to Connect Policy to Practice

Although strong policies provide important backing for schools’ decisions about curricula, they do not automatically translate into implementation at the classroom level.

Although strong policies provide important backing for schools’ decisions about curricula, they do not automatically translate into implementation at the classroom level.

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It Shouldn’t Take a Chlamydia ‘Epidemic’ in Texas to Make Us Care About Teens’ Sexual Health

It was an outrageous—and ultimately false—story of 20 teens in a small high school in Texas having chlamydia that finally got media outlets to discuss whether kids need medically accurate information.

It was an outrageous—and ultimately false—story of 20 teens in a small high school in Texas having chlamydia that finally got media outlets to discuss whether kids need medically accurate information.

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Judge’s Ruling in California Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Case Shows Importance of Strong Policies

In what advocates are calling an historic ruling, a judge in Fresno County, California, ruled last week that a lawsuit against the Clovis Unified School District’s abstinence-focused sex education program was justified because it was out of compliance with the state’s law.

In what advocates are calling an historic ruling, a judge in Fresno County, California, ruled last week that a lawsuit against the Clovis Unified School District’s abstinence-focused sex education program was justified because it was out of compliance with the state’s law.

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New Orleans Students Could Soon Have Accurate Sex Ed Information

Louisiana teens have some of the highest rates of pregnancy, birth, and STDs but schools there can only teach abstinence. Some lawmakers would like to change that, at least for Orleans Parish.

Louisiana teens have some of the highest rates of pregnancy, birth, and STDs but schools there can only teach abstinence. Some lawmakers would like to change that, at least for Orleans Parish.

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IUDs Might Be Exciting, But There’s More to Sexual Health Than Preventing Pregnancy

I worry that in our excitement to promote long-active reversible contraceptives as an effective way of preventing teen pregnancy, members of the public will overlook the importance of sex education and the need for condoms.

I worry that in our excitement to promote long-active reversible contraceptives as an effective way of preventing teen pregnancy, members of the public will overlook the importance of sex education and the need for condoms.

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We’ve Been Here Before: Congress Quietly Increases Funding for Abstinence-Only Programs

The bipartisan $200 billion Medicare “doc fix” and health program funding bill includes a two-year extension of the Title V Sec. 510 program, which funds the implementation of ineffective and stigmatizing abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.

The bipartisan $200 billion Medicare “doc fix” and health program funding bill includes a two-year extension of the Title V Sec. 510 program, which funds the implementation of ineffective and stigmatizing abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.

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It’s Not Enough to Just Mention Condoms—Sex Education Should Be Sex-Positive

Even where conservatives have abandoned "abstinence-only" education, they are still pushing the "sex is evil and will kill you" line. It's time for pro-choicers to open up a broader conversation demanding sex-positive curricula.

Even where conservatives have abandoned “abstinence-only” education, they are still pushing the “sex is evil and will kill you” line. It’s time for pro-choicers to open up a broader conversation demanding sex-positive curricula.

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Alaska Bill Restricts Sexual Health Education in Schools

Alaska lawmakers are moving forward with a bill that would bar Planned Parenthood outreach programs from teaching sex education in public schools and allow parents to opt their children out of sex education classes and standardized testing.

Alaska lawmakers are moving forward with a bill that would bar Planned Parenthood outreach programs from teaching sex education in public schools and allow parents to opt their children out of sex education classes and standardized testing.

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Losing My Lege: Texas Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

The Texas house voted to pass a bill requiring physicians who provide abortion care to assume that every one of their patients is younger than 18 unless those patients can present "valid government record of identification" showing otherwise.

Texas could be a place where freedom and personal responsibility take precedence over hatred and fear. But only if moderate conservative lawmakers will start disagreeing publicly with their peers.

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We Can Teach Kids About Consent Without Bringing Sex Into the Conversation

My husband and I have been establishing, early on, the need to give and obtain consent when it comes to control of one’s own body.

By respecting our daughter’s wishes when she asks us to stop tickling her, my husband and I are modeling other correct behavior as well: We’re establishing, early on, the need to give and obtain consent when it comes to control of one’s own body.

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