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June 24, 2012

No holding hands: Tennessee gets stricter on sex education

  • 48.2 pregnancies per 1,000 teenage girls aged 15 to 17 in Tennessee in 1998, around the time abstinence-focused sex education was put in place
  • 29.6 pregnancies per 1,000 teenage girls aged 15 to 17 in Tennessee in 2009, still one of the highest pregnancy levels in the country source

» And the sex-ed laws are about to get stricter: The “no holding-hands” bill would be a continuation of Tennessee’s pro-abstinence education; teen pregnancy rates dropped in the state when abstinence-focused curricula was introduced in the ’90s, but critics think they’re going in the wrong direction. ”This bill ties the hands of educators in Tennessee and will prevent them from providing the comprehensive education that students want and need and their parents expect,” said Barry Chase, president of Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region.

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17:27 // 1 year ago
December 13, 2011
We ask that you share with us your specific rationale and the scientific data you relied on for the decision to overrule the FDA recommendation [to increase access to Plan B].
Fourteen Democratic Senators • In a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who last week overruled an FDA recommendation that Plan B, the emergency contraception, be available without prescription to minors. In the words of Greg Sargent, who reported the story, “it isn’t every day that 14 Senators aggressively call out their own party’s Health and Human Services Secretary.” Then again, a lot of Senate Democrats are up for re-election next year, so there is an element of realpolitik at play.  source (viafollow)
21:28 // 2 years ago
November 14, 2011

Breaking: Sandusky Lawyer Impregnated A Teen

thedailyfeed:

…Defense attorney Joe Amendola, 63, representing Sandusky in the sexual molestation case roiling Penn State and Joe Paterno’s legendary football program, impregnated an under-age teen and later married her, The Daily has learned.

According to documents filed with Centre County Courthouse, Amendola served as the attorney for Mary Iavasile’s emancipation petition on Sept. 3, 1996, just weeks before her 17th birthday.

Around the same time, Iavasile became pregnant with Amendola’s child, and gave birth before she turned 18, her mother, Janet Iavasile, told The Daily.

He was born in 1948 and was around 49 at the time….

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Wow. The hits keep coming tonight.

(via thedailyfeed)

20:42 // 2 years ago
January 17, 2011
Oprah on Piers Morgan: Actually saying newsworthy stuff: Oprah was pregnant at 14. She thought about killing herself, ashamed of the stigma of teen pregnancy. She lost the baby. “When the baby died, I knew that it was my second chance.” Whoa. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Oprah on Piers Morgan: Actually saying newsworthy stuff: Oprah was pregnant at 14. She thought about killing herself, ashamed of the stigma of teen pregnancy. She lost the baby. “When the baby died, I knew that it was my second chance.” Whoa. source

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21:44 // 3 years ago
October 21, 2010

Shock: Abstinence-only education doesn’t reduce teen pregnancy

  • 2.5% teen pregnancy rate in states with comprehensive sex education
  • 6.0% teen pregnancy rate in states with abstinence-only education. source

» So, who’s surprised by this? According to a new CDC study, if you want to prevent teens from getting pregnant, it’s better to educate them about birth control than to yell “DON’T HAVE SEX!” in their faces while pretending there’s no such thing as condoms. The study found that, of the five states with the highest teen pregnancy rates, all require teachers to stress abstinence during sex education. Conversely, states with the lowest teen pregnancy rates have none such requirement. It’s almost as if teenagers are going to have sex regardless of what their teachers tell them!

21:30 // 3 years ago