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Why 'Just Wait' Doesn't Work

Planned Parenthood in Mississippi and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) released Sex Education in Mississippi: Why ‘Just Wait’ Just Doesn’t Work, which outlines the status of sex education and failed abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in Mississippi.  The report found that young people in Mississippi are currently experiencing some of the worst sexual health outcomes in the country, and are also subjected to ineffective abstinence-only-until-marriage programs and restrictive laws that limit the ability of teachers and school districts to implement comprehensive sexuality education.

Click here for the full report.

 

Congratulations, Wisconsin!

MADISON, WI – The Healthy Youth Alliance, a broad, statewide alliance of educators, social services organizations and health care professionals, commends the state Senate for passing the Healthy Youth Act (Assembly Bill 458) by a vote of 18 to 15 yesterday.  The Healthy Youth Act, which passed the Assembly in November, will be headed to the Governor’s office for his consideration.

New DPS Board Members 2009

Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado (PPVC) congratulates Mary Seawell, Andrea Merida and Nate Easley on their respective elections to the Denver Public Schools Board of Education. PVPC is the political advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. 

Prior to the Nov. 3 election, PPVC outreached to all school board candidates and gave them the opportunity to respond to a survey addressing their stances on comprehensive health education programs that include information about abstinence and contraception.

Shame on schools for abstinence-only sex ed

Sex is as much a part of life as eating and sleeping.  Well, perhaps not that much, but it is an occurrence that everyone must learn about and face at one time or another.  Sex education in schools makes sense:  educators are able to reach a large portion of the teen population, just when they're loaded with hormones and crawling out of their skin, and teach them the facts of life.  But for some sex education programs, hired by schools to cover what many teachers may find embarrassing and difficult to teach, the facts are skewed for the sake of their own agendas.

 

Teen pregnancy: an endemic problem in Pueblo

Originally published in the Pueblo Chieftain
By Jeff Tucker

While there are a number of factors that can lead a family into poverty, one of the surest ways is teen pregnancy.

Pueblo has struggled for years with the question of adolescent girls having babies. Organizations have started educational programs, and nurseries have been moved in and out of high schools.

Comp Sex Ed: Research and Results

Headlines

Since 1997 the federal government has invested more than $1.5 billion dollars in abstinence-only programs – proven ineffective programs which censor or exclude important information that could help young people protect their health. In fact, until recently, programs which met a strict abstinence-only definition were the only type of sex education eligible for federal funding; no funding existed for comprehensive sex education, which stresses abstinence but also provides information about contraception and condoms. 

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Comp Sex Ed: Research and Results

Headlines

Since 1997 the federal government has invested more than $1.5 billion dollars in abstinence-only programs – proven ineffective programs which censor or exclude important information that could help young people protect their health. In fact, until recently, programs which met a strict abstinence-only definition were the only type of sex education eligible for federal funding; no funding existed for comprehensive sex education, which stresses abstinence but also provides information about contraception and condoms. 

Read more...

Comp Sex Ed: Research and Results

Headlines

Since 1997 the federal government has invested more than $1.5 billion dollars in abstinence-only programs – proven ineffective programs which censor or exclude important information that could help young people protect their health. In fact, until recently, programs which met a strict abstinence-only definition were the only type of sex education eligible for federal funding; no funding existed for comprehensive sex education, which stresses abstinence but also provides information about contraception and condoms. 

Read more...

Teen Birth Rates Back On The Rise

Headlines

FOLLOWING DECADE-LONG DECLINE, U.S. TEEN PREGNANCY RATE INCREASES AS BOTH BIRTHS AND ABORTIONS RISE

Gap Between Blacks and Hispanics Has Closed, But Rates Among Both Groups Remain Significantly Higher Than Among Non-Hispanic Whites

For the first time in more than a decade, the nation’s teen pregnancy rate rose 3% in 2006, reflecting increases in teen birth and abortion rates of 4% and 1%, respectively.

Read more...

Teen Birth Rates Back On The Rise

Headlines

FOLLOWING DECADE-LONG DECLINE, U.S. TEEN PREGNANCY RATE INCREASES AS BOTH BIRTHS AND ABORTIONS RISE

Gap Between Blacks and Hispanics Has Closed, But Rates Among Both Groups Remain Significantly Higher Than Among Non-Hispanic Whites

For the first time in more than a decade, the nation’s teen pregnancy rate rose 3% in 2006, reflecting increases in teen birth and abortion rates of 4% and 1%, respectively.

Read more...

Teen Birth Rates Back On The Rise

Headlines

FOLLOWING DECADE-LONG DECLINE, U.S. TEEN PREGNANCY RATE INCREASES AS BOTH BIRTHS AND ABORTIONS RISE

Gap Between Blacks and Hispanics Has Closed, But Rates Among Both Groups Remain Significantly Higher Than Among Non-Hispanic Whites

For the first time in more than a decade, the nation’s teen pregnancy rate rose 3% in 2006, reflecting increases in teen birth and abortion rates of 4% and 1%, respectively.

Read more...

Parents: The Best Sex Educators

Fact Sheets

Most people no longer believe the myth that, just because we talk to youth about sex means we're condoning or giving them permission to have sex. We have youth to thank for setting that record straight - study after study have shown that youth who receive science-based comprehensive sexuality education.

Read more...

Parents: The Best Sex Educators

Fact Sheets

Most people no longer believe the myth that, just because we talk to youth about sex means we're condoning or giving them permission to have sex. We have youth to thank for setting that record straight - study after study have shown that youth who receive science-based comprehensive sexuality education.

Read more...

Parents: The Best Sex Educators

Fact Sheets

Most people no longer believe the myth that, just because we talk to youth about sex means we're condoning or giving them permission to have sex. We have youth to thank for setting that record straight - study after study have shown that youth who receive science-based comprehensive sexuality education.

Read more...

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