Pregnant Teen Photos Banned From Yearbook Because 'Abstinence'

A Michigan school district won't let two pregnant students show their baby bumps in the high school yearbook because it would promote teen pregnancy and thereby contradict the state's abstinence-only sex ed approach. We can't make this shit up. » 5/16/13 6:20pm 5/16/13 6:20pm

Children of Ohio, You Are Officially Screwed When It Comes to Sex Ed

Apparently being known for Steubenville isn't enough for Ohio — they're now trying to corner the market on not educating their teens about sex. Yesterday, the Ohio House Finance Committee's Republican members voted to adopt a state budget amendment that mandates an abstinence-only approach to sexual education. Oh,… » 4/17/13 1:50pm 4/17/13 1:50pm

Terrifying Public High School Speaker: If You Take Birth Control, Your…

Meet Pam Stenzel. Pam Stenzel is a highly-paid* lecturer who speaks about the virtues of abstinence. Stenzel spoke on Monday at George Washington High School in Charleston, WV and created quite a stir when she allegedly made comments like, "If you take birth control, your mother probably hates you," and "I could look… » 4/12/13 11:40am 4/12/13 11:40am

Taxpayers Still Giving Millions of Dollars to Abstinence-Only Education…

Somewhere in America, grown adults are getting paid real legal currency to teach teenagers how to not have sex. And thanks to a deal the Obama administration was begrudgingly forced to cut with conservative legislators, these hoboes on the abstinence-only education gravy train will be able to continue riding the rails… » 10/11/12 5:25pm 10/11/12 5:25pm

The Most Conservative States Have the Pregnant-est Teenagers

Brace yourselves for drama camp-levels of feigned surprise. Turns out that the states most likely to support "family values" conservative legislation contain the teenage girls most likely to have babies. See? Abstinence-only education works. » 9/28/12 6:00pm 9/28/12 6:00pm

22-Year-Old Woman Tries to Talk Sense to Republican Party, Is Promptly…

The youngest member of the GOP's Platform Committee is 22-year-old anti-abortion rights Rick Santorum delegate Jackie Curtiss. And, despite her questionable political allegiance, she has more sense in her little finger than the rest of the committee combined — while her older, more delusional colleagues yammer away… » 8/22/12 6:40pm 8/22/12 6:40pm

Evangelicals Finally Admit That Not Even God Can Stop Teenage Boning

If premarital sex made the baby Jesus cry, he'd be a pretty hoarse, colic-y baby. Because evangelical teens, despite the fact that they're told day in and day out that bumping uglies before God says it's okay is wrong (like going to hell wrong) are having all kinds of secret sex with each other. And because of their… » 7/13/12 6:00pm 7/13/12 6:00pm

The Situation And Bristol Palin's Bizarre Abstinence PSA

Dancing With The Stars makes strange bedfellows: the abstinence-pushing Candies Foundation has tapped The Situation as a spokesperson alongside Bristol Palin. He says he's all about abstinence, "because it has the word 'abs' in it." At least condoms are shown. » 11/16/10 5:40pm 11/16/10 5:40pm

Obama Administration Tries To Split The Difference On Sex Ed

Here's another way to try to make both sides happy and fail: Announce you're only going to grant money to sex education programs that are "science-based," and then give a few million to abstinence-only groups and a crisis pregnancy center. » 10/28/10 6:25pm 10/28/10 6:25pm

Molly Ringwald On Teen Pregnancy, Bristol Palin, And For Keeps

Among Molly Ringwald's iconic teenage roles was For Keeps, the story of a pregnant high-schooler who chooses to keep her child. Last night, she told me what still bothers her about the movie and her problem with Bristol Palin's message. » 4/28/10 12:40pm 4/28/10 12:40pm

Creating The Final Health Care Bill: Cash, Cadillac Plans, And…

The Senate bill passed quietly on Christmas Eve, paving the way for the reconciliation. When Congress reconvenes next month, they will begin the task of sorting through the two versions of the reform bill and crafting a final document. » 12/28/09 10:00am 12/28/09 10:00am

Time Asks: Is Glee Anti-Christian?

Time Magazine's Nancy Gibbs recently heard a youth minister tell a group of high-school kids that he thought Glee was "anti-Christian." It may well be, but not for the reason that youth minister thinks. » 11/27/09 5:30pm 11/27/09 5:30pm

Abstinence-Only Ed Doesn't Work; Doesn't Belong In Healthcare Bill

You know how Obama recently cut funding to abstinence-only education programs, and we all rejoiced? Yeah, well, don't get too comfortable. » 10/28/09 1:40pm 10/28/09 1:40pm

Comprehensive Sex Ed Versus Abstinence-Only Programs: A Comparison

Last night Primetime showed teens being taught proper condom use at a comprehensive sex education class in Massachusetts. Meanwhile in Texas, kids receive actual "virgin cards." In the clip at left, Paige renews her pledge because at 14, she's pregnant. » 6/24/09 2:40pm 6/24/09 2:40pm

As Abstinence Pledges Falter, A New "Middle Class Morality" Emerges

Social conservatives have had the lock on "family values" for decades now, but in this week's New Yorker's » 10/27/08 12:00pm 10/27/08 12:00pm, writer Margaret Talbot that statistically, blue states have the lowest rates of teen pregnancy and divorce. In addition, although 74% of white evangelical Protestants say they believe in abstaining from sex…

Sexy Sue

Yesterday, NPR had an interview » 9/11/08 6:45pm 9/11/08 6:45pm with the legendary Canadian sex expert Sue Johanson about sex ed for teenagers as well as changes in sexual appetites in the general population. Sue noted that abstinence-only educations are pointless since "every single sex educator does emphasize abstinence" and she emphasized waiting…

Dear Barack: Baby, Come Back

Hey, well, so, like, I know we haven't spoken in a long time. Frankly, your wife is so cool and I'm more than a little scared of her kicking my ass for maybe looking at you the wrong way, so it's really been me who's been out of touch. But, baby, seriously, it's warm here on the left and many of us love you and we… » 7/07/08 2:00pm 7/07/08 2:00pm

The Not-So-Secret, Pro-Life Message Of The Secret Life Of The American…

Babies having babies! Seriously, have you had your fill of this subject yet? As most of you know by now, tonight heralds the premiere of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, a one-hour drama created by the same woman who created 7th Heaven and has nothing to say on the issue of teen pregnancy. The plot is fairly… » 7/01/08 4:30pm 7/01/08 4:30pm

Congress heard arguments yesterday from 11 witnesses discussing the pros and cons of government funded abstinence-only education. Late last year, a non-partisan group determined that abstinence only education doesn't work, and so the House's Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is reassessing funding for those… » 4/24/08 10:45am 4/24/08 10:45am