Posts Tagged Abstinence-Only Education

Teen pregnancy rate increases after decade-long decline


Thanks abstinence only education!

A new report from the Guttmacher Institute shows that the teen pregnancy rate has risen for the first time in more than a decade. And guess who’s to blame…

These new data from the Guttmacher Institute are especially noteworthy because they provide the first documentation of what experts have suspected for several years, based on trends in teens’ contraceptive use–that the overall teen pregnancy rate would increase in the mid-2000s following steep declines in the 1990s and a subsequent plateau in the early 2000s. The significant drop in teen pregnancy rates in the 1990s was overwhelmingly the result of more and better use of contraceptives among sexually active teens. However, this decline started to stall ...


Thanks abstinence only education!

A new report from the Guttmacher Institute shows that the teen pregnancy rate has risen for the first time in more than a decade. And guess who’s to blame…

These new data ...

Abstinence-only rap: “Gimme the Christian side hug”

Christian Side Hug from The Fathers House on Vimeo.

A very rough estimate of the first few lines of the rap (not easy to transcribe/understand with all those sirens and shotguns in the background):

Gimme that christian side hug, that Christian Side hug. Gimme that Christian Side hug, that Christian side hug. I’m a rough rider teamed up with Christ. Gimme that Christian Side hug, that Christian side hug.
These are the E-G rules, so pay attention cause this is essential. This ain’t no front hug zone. Stop and listen. No front hugs and no kissin.

There is so much to say on this one. First of all, appropriation much?
Secondly, as Jill at Feministe asked, do you think ...

Christian Side Hug from The Fathers House on Vimeo.

A very rough estimate of the first few lines of the rap (not easy to transcribe/understand with all those sirens and shotguns in the background):

Gimme that ...

Reminder: National Comprehensive Sex Education Call-In Day is Today!

A reminder to take five minutes today between 10 and 4 to call Congress and tell them we need to cut funds for failed abstinence-only programs and fund comprehensive sex education. It’s time to take the clowns out of the classrooms and give young people accurate information about sex and sexuality.
Check out this previous post for more information. Call-In Day is organized by Choice USA, SYRF, SIECUS, Advocates for Youth, and Catholics for Choice. Below, a video from my friends Kierra Johnson and Edith Sargon from Choice USA asking you to call your Senators.

(Transcript after the jump).
Script and talking points for calls also after the jump.

A reminder to take five minutes today between 10 and 4 to call Congress and tell them we need to cut funds for failed abstinence-only programs and fund comprehensive sex education. It’s time to take the

Cecile Richards on health care, anti-choice Dems, and what’s next


Champions of Sexual Literacy Honorees: Richard Garcia, Cecile Richards and Rose Afriyie
Last week, I got the chance to be honored at the National Sexuality Resource Center’s (NSRC) Champions of Sexual Literacy Dinner following in the footsteps of my amazing mentor Samhita. This year, the main honoree was powerhouse sexuality-rights advocate Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PP). From afar, she had this elegance to her that was really alluring. When I first arrived, she was knee deep in a conversation with an ambassador. It seemed that the entire room occasionally glanced at her, the woman at the helm of perhaps the only woman’s rights organization left that is a household name no matter ...


Champions of Sexual Literacy Honorees: Richard Garcia, Cecile Richards and Rose Afriyie
Last week, I got the chance to be honored at the National Sexuality Resource Center’s (NSRC) Champions of Sexual Literacy Dinner following in ...

Senate Committee votes to restore abstinence-only money

This one makes me nauseous.

A Senate committee voted Tuesday night to restore $50 million a year in federal funding for abstinence-only education that President Barack Obama has pushed to eliminate.
The 12-11 vote by the Senate Finance Committee came over objections from its chairman, Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana.
Two Democrats – Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas – joined all 10 committee Republicans in voting “yes” on the measure by Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah.
The measure would still have to pass the full House and Senate. Hatch said abstinence education had been shown to work, though Baucus disagreed. Obama had proposed in his 2010 budget to direct money spent on abstinence-only ...

This one makes me nauseous.

A Senate committee voted Tuesday night to restore $50 million a year in federal funding for abstinence-only education that President Barack Obama has pushed to eliminate.
The 12-11 vote by the Senate ...

Glee takes on abstinence and sex education


I am loving Glee. As a kid I thought life was a musical (and I never grew up). This show feels like it was made for me. It’s so gay. It’s got Jane Lynch as a delicious villain who loves social hierarchies and is constantly claiming gender discrimination. There might be more musical talent on display than in the High School Musical movies. And unlike those films, which push a conservative Mormon “family values” agenda, Glee has already shown itself to share some of my politics. Bullying is depicted in a way rarely seen in pop culture: Quinn Fabray constantly aims transphobic insults at Rachel Berry. Bulimia and body image issues are covered. And in the second episode the ...

I am loving Glee. As a kid I thought life was a musical (and I never grew up). This show feels like it was made for me. It’s so gay. It’s got Jane Lynch as a ...

Miriam Grossman is teaching my child what?!, Part 1

Oh dear. Miriam Grossman – of Unprotected fame (the book that tells young women having sex will make them diseased drop outs) – has a yet another book out: You’re Teaching My Child What?: A Physician Exposes the Lies of Sex Ed and How They Harm Your Child
I found out about Grossman’s latest through this column at Townhall that – in the great tradition of unhinged moral panic – suggests that comprehensive sex education wants “to strip our little girls of their natural inclination toward modesty and replace it with an attitude of sexual dominance.” Who, me? *bats eyelashes*
Columnist Rebecca Hagelin says that our daughters are “under siege” by those who would teach them ...
Oh dear. Miriam Grossman – of Unprotected fame (the book that tells young women having sex will make them diseased drop outs) – has a yet another book out: You’re Teaching My Child What?: ...

My no, no square: ACLU takes on Mississippi Abstinence Summit

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is going up against the Mississippi Department of Health and Human Services for an Abstinence Summit that was held using government funding. Amplified has a video about the summit, from Huffington Post:

God and Abstinence from Stuart Productions on Vimeo.

The ACLU is arguing that the use of tax dollar funds is a misappropriation, and violates separation between church and state.
My favorite quote from the event?

“Stop, don’t touch me there — this is my no, no square,” said one cheer by the Grenada High School cheerleaders. It wasn’t about school spirit.

h/t to Amanda Marcotte

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is going up against the Mississippi Department of Health and Human Services for an Abstinence Summit that was held using government funding. Amplified has a video about the summit, from ...

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