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Yes, it’s come to this

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As reported last night by Rachel Maddow (see video below), at the urging of an anti-abortion religious group, the School Board in Gilbert, Arizona, is tearing out pages from a high school honors biology book. It is the first action taken after a law in Arizona passed two years ago that requires all textbooks "to present childbirth and abstinence as preferred options to elective abortion." The offending page, which simply discusses that abortion exists as a factual matter, something that is rightly part of the national curriculum for all Advanced Placement and other students hoping to enter college equipped with a complete education ...

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Women Like Sex (a lot)

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  "Women like sex. Stop making ‘health’ excuses for why we use birth control” --  Jessica Valenti, author, Guardian columnist, and founder of Feministing.com (@JessicaValenti) Once again, Valenti has focused her laser-sharp analysis to challenge popular arguments on behalf of free access to reproductive health. She urges everyone to stop saying that birth control is necessary for the small percentage of women who use it for medical health reasons, and deal with the reality that 99% of women use birth control, mostly because they like sex, and shouldn't have to make excuses for it. It's amazing that in 2014 ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Learn By Doing

(También en Español) Who first taught you about sex? Was the information accurate and age-appropriate? What did your youthful experiences teach you? Who is the most appropriate person to teach young people about sex -- parents, teachers, friends, or someone else? and how early? Is there anything about sex or sexual freedom you wish you had been taught at a younger age? We want to hear your voice -- make us a video, write an essay or a poem, or respond with a song or a work of art. If we feature your response on the site, we will send you a free ...

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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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Arizona bill declares women pregnant two weeks before conception

(También en Español) News of Note: Arizona bill declares women pregnant two weeks before conception A new bill up for vote in the state of Arizona would ban abortions for some expectant mothers, but that’s only the start of what lawmakers have in store. If the legislation passes, the state will consider a child to exist even before conception. Under Arizona’s H.B. 2036, the state would recognize the start of the unborn child’s life to be the first day of its mother’s last menstrual period. The legislation is being proposed so that lawmakers can outlaw abortions on fetuses past the ...

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Use Birth Control? You’re Fired!

(También en Español) News of note: Use Birth Control? You're Fired! You may want to sit down for this one. Arizona legislators know that whether or not her insurance covers it, a woman may get the prescription she needs to prevent an unintended pregnancy. They want to give her boss the right to control that too. The bill they are pushing would not only allow employers to take the insurance coverage away, but it would also make it easier for an employer who finds out that his employee uses birth control to fire her. You heard me right . ...

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Russian cities introduce baby ‘drop boxes’ to stop unwanted children being left in bins

(También en Español) News of Note: Russian cities introduce baby 'drop boxes' to stop unwanted children being left in bins Anonymous baby drop boxes have been introduced for the first time in Russia. The Krasnodar Territory in south Russia bought five of the so-called baby drop boxes in the beginning of November so mothers could drop off unwanted children anonymously. The first three were installed in Sochi, Novorossiysk, and Armavir, and by the end of the month one child had already been left. The move was aimed at providing sanitary conditions for unwanted children, instead of 'having them left in garbage ...

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