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U.S. Teen Birthrates Are Down, But Still High in Bible Belt

(También en Español) News of Note: U.S. Teen Birthrates Are Down, But Still High in These States In 2009, a landmark study found a strong correlation between religion and teen pregnancy. The CDC's newest data suggests not much has changed. Teen pregnancy closely follows the contours of America's Bible belt, according to the map (above) from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It's quite clear that teenagers want to have sex and no amount of discouragement or abstinence-only sex education is going to stop them. The religious idea that sex should only exist for procreation has no business denying ...

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Utah legislature passes bill requiring ‘abstinence-only’ sex education — or none at all

(También en Español) News of Note: Utah legislature passes bill requiring 'abstinence-only' sex education -- or none at all Utah legislature has passed a sex education bill that allows schools to decide whether they will teach students about human sexuality and in the event that they do, requires that it use “abstinence-only instruction materials.” The bill now goes to the governor for approval. Abstinence only education ignores the fact that human beings will inevitably have sex. Parents may be scared to death that their child could become sexually active, but that shouldn't justify denying all children information about contraceptives and ...

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Most single Christians are having sex

(También en Español) News of note: A recent study reveals most single Christians are having sex. We undress why. Dr. Jenell Williams Paris, an anthropologist and the author of The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex Is Too Important to Define Who We Are, says the high rates of premarital sex are a call to the Church to live in reality. “We need to talk to people as they really live in the world they really live in,” Paris says. “If rates of premarital sex are really that high, but we continue to talk as if the vast majority of ...

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New Hampshire Lawmaker Urges Married Couples To Practice Abstinence

(También en Español) News of Note: New Hampshire Lawmaker Urges Married Couples To Practice Abstinence A New Hampshire lawmaker with a history of surprising statements suggested on Thursday that married couples who want to use contraception should practice abstinence instead of using birth control pills State Rep. Lynne Blankenbeker (R-Concord) made the claim -- noting that abstinence is available "over the counter" along with condoms -- during a legislative committee hearing on a resolution urging the Obama administration to drop the birth control requirement for religious organizations. Blankenbeker was trying to explain her position on why the administration's requirement to ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Criticizing Moves Like That

(También en Español) BREAKING NEWS? Abstinence-only education is a failure and causes huge problems. Every society suffers without health and sex education, including the safety of contraceptives. We also have to cope with our "politicians" often counter-productive actions. When do you think sex education should begin for children? what age? at home or from friends or at school? (Only after marriage??) How can sex education and age of consent vary so widely state to state? where the trail of abstinence only sex ed leaves a trail of higher unwanted pregnancies at earlier and earlier ages? What's your experience holding elected and appointed accountable? Should we ...

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