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7/31/2002 - Federal Court Orders Louisiana to Stop Using Federal Taxpayer Dollars to Advance Religion in Abstinence-only Programs
In a decision issued late last week, US District Judge G....

5/31/2002 - UNICEF Report Finds Teen Birth Rates Highest in US
The United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) released a report Wednesday showing that the United States has the highest teen birth rates among all 28-member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)....

5/17/2002 - House Passes Controversial Welfare Bill
In a highly partisan vote, the House of Representatives voted yesterday to reauthorize the 1996 Welfare Reform Act and increase work requirements, promote marriage, and impose abstinence-only sexual education on welfare recipients....

4/29/2002 - Report Finds Reproductive Health Needs of the Young Are Neglected
A new report conducted by Population Action International (PAI) found that young people in the US are in need of more reproductive health services and information....

4/25/2002 - House Committee Votes to Continue Abstinence-Only Funding
A House Committee voted yesterday to renew $50 million in funding for abstinence-only sex education over the next 5 years....

2/15/2002 - Colin Powell Departs from Bush Policy for Abstinence-Only Education
In an appearance on MTV yesterday, Secretary of State Colin Powell advocated condom use as a responsible way to prevent the spread of AIDS, diverging from President George W....

1/31/2002 - Bush to Increase Funds for Abstinence-Only Programs
Despite the lack of scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of abstinence-only sex education programs, President Bush will seek a 33% increase in funding for such programs in the FY 2003 budget....

10/22/2001 - VA NOW Protests State Funding of Crisis Pregnancy Centers
The Virginia chapter of the National Organization for Women, along with other progressive organizations, sponsored demonstrations throughout Virginia protesting state-sponsored funding of eighteen so-called crisis pregnancy centers in Virginia....

7/30/2001 - Administration Promotes Abstinence-Only Education
The Bush Administration continues to promote an "abstinence only" approach to reproductive and sexual health, significantly scaling back efforts to promote family planning and contraceptive use....

7/9/2001 - HHS Goes Against Surgeon Generals Recommendation
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson revealed that $17.1 million in community-based abstinence education grants have been given to 49 communities to carry out abstinence-only sex education programs for teenagers....

6/13/2001 - Record Low for Teen Pregnancy, Abortion Rates
Teen pregnancy and abortion rates are at a record low in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control announced yesterday, citing a combination of factors, including improved access to effective birth control, improved sex education, and abstinence programs....

3/22/2001 - Leadership Alliances Come Together for FMF Mid-Atlantic Region Training
On a campus where the Student Health Center does not provide birth control, the MERCER UNIVERSITY Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance is making quite an impact with students! Leadership Alliance activists have distributed 500 condoms on campus and in the process have educated their peers about the lack of access to contraception on campus....

12/28/2000 - Huge Budget for Abstinence-Only Sex Education
The Welfare Reform Act, signed in 1996 by President Clinton, contains a greatly overlooked amendment that increases funding for sex education programs that teach chastity as the only option for preventing pregnancy and sexual transmitted disease....

11/15/2000 - Lesbian/Gay Rights Protestors Arrested; Catholics Issue Anti-LGBT Statement on Marriage
Yesterday, 110 members of a gay and lesbian rights group called Soulforce, Inc....

8/4/2000 - Bush Speech Staunchly Anti-Abortion
Despite his emphasis on being a "compassionate conservative" and opposing "divisive" politics, Texas Gov....

8/1/2000 - Republican Party Ignores Women's Protests
Women led three major protest marches over the past two days, voicing their frustration with the Republican Party and its anti-woman platform....

6/16/2000 - House Adds $50 Million to Abstinence-Only Programs
The House recently appropriated $50 million in funding for abstinence-only education programs through the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant....

5/26/2000 - New Ads Criticize Abstinence-Only Programs
Children need a balanced education on sexuality, including information on both abstinence and contraception, according to recent ads by Planned Parenthood of New York City's Othmer Institute....

1/21/2000 - Advocates for Youth Backs Comprehensive Sex Education
Advocates for Youth released a study on Wednesday concluding that the federal government should invest more money into sex education programs rather than in abstinence only programs....

12/14/1999 - Schools Push Abstinence, Omit Birth Control Lessons
According to two reports issued Tuesday, one in three American schools offer abstinence-only policies that leave out any discussion of birth control or the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases....

6/25/1999 - Presbyterian Church Focuses on Abstinence in Sex-ed Programs
The Presbyterian Church is undertaking changes in its sex-education curriculum--which is used by the vast majority of its congregations and schools--emphasizing abstinence and making fewer references to contraception and sexually transmitted diseases....

10/23/1997 - Pro-Choice Project Launches Nationwide Ad Campaign
Operation Rescue targeted schools with graphic anti-abortion campaigns in U.S....

10/9/1997 - Fonda Fights Abstinence-Only Sex Ed
Longtime activist Jane Fonda is leading a campaign against abstinence-only sex education in schools....

10/9/1997 - Fonda Fights Abstinence-Only Sex Ed
Longtime activist Jane Fonda is leading a campaign against abstinence-only sex education in schools....