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Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Doesn't Fly: California Judge

Ruling says students should learn about STD prevention, all kinds of birth control

(Newser) - California has a sex-ed law on the books that bans schools from pushing abstinence alone in teaching about pregnancy and STD prevention, and a Fresno County judge has now enforced that law, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Superior Court Judge Donald Black's decision ruled that the Clovis Unified School... More »

6 Celebs Who Waited for Marriage

...or at least said they were going to

(Newser) - Need a celebrity role model for your kids? The Stir rounds up 15 stars who stayed virgins until marriage—or at least for a long time:
  • Jessica Simpson: She famously vowed to remain a virgin until marriage, and did—the first time around. The second time around, not so much
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I Wasn't Date-Raped: Bristol Palin

Even though Levi had sex with her while she was passed out drunk

(Newser) - Bristol Palin insists she wasn't date-raped even though she charges in her new book that her virginity was "stolen" by baby daddy Levi Johnston after she passed out on too many wine coolers. “I'm not accusing Levi of date rape. I am just looking back with... More »

Ted Haggard Appearing in 'Sex Comedy'

Pastor films cameo in 'The Waiting Game'

(Newser) - Ted Haggard: movie star? The possibly bisexual pastor, famous for his 2006 gay-massage-and-meth scandal, is appearing as himself in a so-called “sex comedy” for the Christian set. Picture a Judd Apatow movie with a few slight tweaks: Most notably, the theme is pro-abstinence. The Waiting Game, being developed in... More »

Candie's: Bristol Worth Every Penny

Palin is the 'gift that keeps on giving,' says founder

(Newser) - Those of you who thought paying Bristol Palin $262,500 to promote sexual abstinence might've been a wee bit excessive can just stuff it, says Candie's Foundation founder Neil Cole, calling the payout "an amazing investment." "Bristol's the gift that keeps on giving," Cole says; indeed,... More »

Abstinence-Only States Have More Teen Pregnancy

Study shows big regional disparities

(Newser) - While US teen pregnancy rates are falling overall, some states currently have dramatically higher rates than others, according to a new CDC study—and they just happen to be states emphasizing abstinence-only sex education. In New England, for example, 2008 birth rates stood at less than 25 per 1,000... More »

O'Donnell: I'll Stop the Whole Country From Having Sex

Another day, another old video

(Newser) - Another old video of Christine O'Donnell is getting buzzed about today after Greg Sargent wrote about it at his Plum Line blog . In the 2003 clip, O'Donnell is in a TV debate on teenage sex, when a critic disagrees with her strategy of abstinence. "You're going to stop the... More »

Bristol, Levi Engaged Again

And Sarah didn't know until today

(Newser) - Apparently Bristol Palin was not a fan of that whole abstinence thing, because she’s engaged—again!—to babydaddy Levi Johnston. You know, the guy she recently called “a stranger to me.” The best part: The lovebirds decided it would be prudent to tell Us Weekly first…... More »

Obama Boosts Funding for 'Evidence-Based' Sex Ed

Abstinence-only teen programs taking a backseat

(Newser) - President Obama has reversed Bush-era policies and shifted federal funding away from abstinence-only sex education programs toward programs that have been proven to reduce teen pregnancy. Abstinence programs will still receive funding, but over $114 million in this year's federal budget will go to "evidence-based" programs, NPR reports. More »

Bristol Palin PSA Cautions Against Teen Pregnancy

She urges teens to 'pause before you play'

(Newser) - Bristol Palin urges teens to consider the consequences of a teen pregnancy in a new PSA. Produced by the Candie's Foundation, the ad shows Palin with son Tripp telling teens to "pause before you play," reports Huffington Post . It's an open-ended message that she tells ABC could mean... More »

Canadian Sex Ed: Capt. Condom Video Game

Penis-handed villain and heroes like 'Wonder Vag' teach kids

(Newser) - If your kids refuse to listen when you try to sit them down for the sex talk, perhaps you should plop them in front of a new online sex ed game instead…as long as you don’t mind your daughter playing as the character “Wonder Vag.” Gawker... More »

Bristol Launches PR Firm

New Palin family business provides PR for pro-abstinence group

(Newser) - Bristol Palin has founded her own "lobbying, public relations, and political consulting services" company, according to paperwork unearthed by NBC's Rachel Maddow. The firm is called BSMP, for Bristol Sharon Marie Palin, mediabistro notes. The 19-year-old is currently serving as a PR ambassador for Candie's Foundation, a group that... More »

Forget Chastity: Marry Earlier, Say Evangelicals

(Newser) - The evangelical stress on abstinence until marriage is fantastic, writes Mark Regnerus—himself devout—in Christianity Today, "but promoting it has come at a cost." Doing so has "turned our attention away from the damage that Americans are doing to the institution of marriage by discouraging it... More »

'Abstinence' State Senator Quits After Intern Affair

(Newser) - Pro-abstinence Tennessee State Sen. Paul Stanley has stepped down in the wake of revelations that he had an affair with his 22-year-old intern, reports AP. The 47-year-old married father of two admitted the affair to investigators after his intern's boyfriend allegedly attempted to blackmail Stanley for $10,000. "Due... More »

Jonas Brothers 'Tested and Tested' on Abstinence: Mom

She won't hate them if they 'make mistake'

(Newser) - Fame doesn’t exempt sons from being embarrassed by their moms. Just ask the Jonas Brothers, who may be a little red-faced at reading what mom Denise told Good Housekeeping about their sex lives. “They are men. They have desires,” she said. “If they make a mistake,... More »

Wanna Have Sex? Picture 'Screaming Baby': Bristol

Teen mom ensures years of therapy for her child with one comment

(Newser) - Bristol Palin thinks the best advertisement for abstinence is “a screaming newborn baby,” she tells People in a look at the life of a teenage mom. “If girls realized the consequences of sex, nobody would be having sex,” says Bristol, who graduated high school last week,... More »

Abstinence Backer Bristol No Hypocrite

Media attacks miss the point: she's a 'natural messenger'

(Newser) - Bristol Palin has gotten a media drubbing for hypocrisy in her new role as abstinence advocate—but such attacks are wholly undeserved, writes Nancy Gibbs in Time. The “true hypocrisy,” one could say, was at the Republican convention, which portrayed a falsely simple happy-ending message. In fact, “... More »

Republicans Don't Get Sex: Meghan McCain

(Newser) - Bristol Palin's campaign to preach birth control with a baby at home again proves what Meghan McCain has always known: Republicans don't "get" sex. "God forbid anyone talk realistically about life experiences and natural, sexual instincts. Nope, the answer is always abstinence," she writes in her Daily... More »

Bristol Touts Abstinence; Levi Calls Unrealistic

Contradicts earlier comment; says Tripp 'love of my life'

(Newser) - On a tour with a group battling teen pregnancy, Bristol Palin made a stop on Good Morning America, calling abstinence “realistic"—thus contradicting an earlier comment, the New York Daily News reports. “Abstinence is the only way that you can effectively, 100%, full-proof way to prevent pregnancy,... More »

Third Woman: Paraguay Prez Fathered My Kid

Paternity scandal grows, but so far no political fallout

(Newser) - The paternity scandal surrounding Paraguay’s president, a former bishop, has reached new heights: A third woman says he fathered her child, McClatchy reports. Fernando Lugo recently acknowledged paternity of a 2-year-old; soon after, another woman said he was her 6-year-old’s dad. She filed an official paternity claim yesterday,... More »

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