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Teen pregnancies — and abortions — plummeted after Hawaii ditched abstinence-based sex ed

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Public schools in Hawaii moved away from abstinence-based sex education about five years ago – and the teen pregnancy and abortion rates have plummeted.

The number of terminated pregnancies dropped nearly 30 percent between 2010 and 2014 – the largest decline in the nation – and the state’s historically high teen pregnancy rate fell during the same period, reported the Associated Press.

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Health and education experts aren’t sure exactly why those rates dropped so sharply, but they noted the declines came as Hawaii moved to evidence-based sex education in 2010 and since 2013 has allowed girls as young as 14 access to emergency contraception without parental consent.

Republican critics say the changes to the teen pregnancy and abortion rates are misleading.

“It’s the availability of the morning-after pill,” said Rep. Bob McDermott (R-HI), who believes current sex-ed programs encourage teens to have sex. “The need for surgical abortions is diminished.”

Hawaii’s Board of Education recently moved to require parental consent for student participation in sex education programs – and health advocates are concerned the trends could reverse.

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“All these gains could be lost if the education in the schools was a big portion of the reductions here,” said Dr. Donald Hayes, an epidemiologist with the state Department of Health.

Hawaiians tend to wait longer to become sexually active than teens in other states, but they also are far less likely to use condoms.

The state’s Department of Education ordered public schools to provide medically accurate information starting five years ago, and a $5 million grant went toward updating sex-ed videos made in the 1980s that showed actors in wintry scenes that were unfamiliar to Hawaiian students.

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The new programs replaced the “Try Wait!” program taught by Catholic Charities.


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Drunken racist survives crazed attack on cops who woke him up in parking lot and called his dad

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A Louisiana man survived an encounter with police, despite violently attacking them, issuing a death threat and hurling racist slurs.

Officers found Jonas Reese Crystal sleeping in a parking lot about 1:30 a.m. Sunday outside an apartment building in Prairieville, and police asked if anyone could take him home, reported The Advocate.

The 25-year-old Crystal gave police several fake names and was "very resistive," officers said, and he was handcuffed and placed into a police vehicle.

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Reporter brutally shames Trump for tweeting about ‘Dancing with the Stars’ while she’s forced to flee Syria

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Lindsey Hilsum, an international editor for the United Kingdom's Channel 4 News, shamed President Donald Trump on Monday for tweeting about Sean Spicer's appearance on "Dancing with the Stars" even as a humanitarian crisis of his own making is exploding in northern Syria.

After the president encouraged his supporters to vote for his former White House press secretary on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," Hilsum sent out a tweet pointing to the grave situation on the ground in Syria that occurred after the president gave Turkey a green light to launch military operations in the area.

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House Intel member reveals witnesses say the same thing: The Ukraine call is ‘just the tip of the iceberg’

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Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said on Monday that witnesses have been telling House investigators that President Donald Trump's call to the Ukraine's president is just "the tip of the iceberg."

Raskin made the remarks as he was on his way to a closed-door hearing with Fiona Hill, the president's former top Russia adviser.

“Essentially everybody is telling us the same thing, which is that the phone call was just the tip of the iceberg on July 25th," Raskin said.

I asked @RepRaskin, before he walked in to Fiona Hill deposition, about the accounts they’ve been hearing from aides behind closed doors on Ukraine: “Essentially everybody is telling us the same thing, which is that the phone call was just the tip of the iceberg on July 25th.”

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