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Abstinence foundation paid Bristol Palin $262K, spent little on prevention programs

Tax documents reveal that an anti-teen pregnancy foundation paid Bristol Palin seven times what it spent on actual teen pregnancy prevention programs. Bristol Palin, the 20-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, was appointed as a teen ambassador for the Candie’s Foundation in 2009. Actresses Jenny McCarthy and Hayden…

Health reform bill includes $250M for new abstinence-only programs

Buried in the landmark health care bill passed by Democrats is $250 million over 5 years for state programs to try to convince young people to wait until marriage for sex. Proponents of abstinence-only education are thrilled, but there is little evidence this money will be effective in fighting pregnancy…

Some headlines speak for themselves

Like this one, for example. Bristol Palin Faults Abstinence Teaching I may get a t-shirt. Whatever else may be true about the way this whole thing played out, Ms. Palin the Younger has potentially done young people in this country a great service with just this one statement. Spokespeople come…

Your tax dollars at work: clown teaches abstinence-only ed in Ohio middle schools

I sh*t you not. My jaw dropped when blogger Joe Sonka sent me this one. The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland alerted him to the work of one Derek Dye, who is employed by the Elizabeth New Life Center. The organization landed an $800K grant to promote abstinence-only education. Dye…

The exponential growth rate of the creepy factor

I had a reader alert me to this story, and I’m grateful to Salon for picking it up and getting all the links. The story is about a Chicago-area couple that got married at 30 and 28, and had abstained from even kissing until their wedding day. Some think this…

Just say no to abstinence

If you’re not reading the Abstinence Clearinghouse’s website, then you’re really missing out. Here’s a typical deep thought post: It’s amazing to me that “no” happens to be one of the first words in a child’s vocabulary. Yet, when they get to be older, the word simply goes out of…

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