abstinence 

Bristol Palin Made $262K to Preach Teen Abstinence

So, just what does an ambassador for teen pregnancy prevention make these days, anyway? If you're Bristol Palin, that would be $262,500. ABC News reports Palin, 20, who was 18 when she had a baby with her former fiance, Levi Johnston, was...The nonprofit organization says Palin was worth the money.

Abstinence Education to Blame for Rise in Teen Pregnancy Rates, Report Finds

Teen pregnancies are on the rise again. Credit: jupiterimages
After a long period of decline, teen pregnancy rates are on the rise again and experts say that abstinence-only programs, the media and absent parents are to blame. A Jan. 26...

Bristol Palin Backtracks on Abstinence Views

Bristol Palin, daughter of Sarah and mother of Tripp, recently made headlines after voicing her opinion about abstinence. A teen mother herself, Bristol told Greta Van Susteren back in February that "everyone should be abstinent, but it's just not...

Would You Give Condoms to Your 14-Year-Old?

School isn't the only place where sex education is a dilemma. Most parents would like their children to remain abstinent throughout their teens, but worry that withholding information about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases will lead to...

Bristol Palin Says Abstinence-Only Sex Ed is Just Not Realistic

Bristol Palin, teenage daughter of 44-year-old mother of five and former Vice Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, made headlines last summer when it was revealed that she and boyfriend Levi Johnston were expecting a child. Ah, the irony of a teen...

Hello Barack Obama, Goodbye Abstinence?

After years of not working -- can you say Bristol? -- it looks like abstinence-only education may be on its way out in favor of a more comprehensive curriculum which would include (accurate) information about contraception -- you know, just in case...

Teen Birth Rates Increase in 26 States

Thought teen pregnancy was a thing of the past? Well, if the well-publicized "celebrity" teen pregnancies that went down in 2008 didn't convince you, take a look at this. Turns out Jamie Lynn Spears and Bristol Palin are way more representative...

Abstinence Pledges Make Life Harder for Teen Stars

When I was a kid (you love when anyone over 40 starts with that phrase, don't you?) -- when I was a kid, teen stars didn't talk about their sex lives. For all his fans knew, for example, Leif Garret was sober and celibate and going to church on...

Miley Cyrus selling condoms?

Miley Cyrus is starting to get a reputation as a bit of a naughty girl. She proudly professes her love of Sex and The City and allows herself to be photographed in all manner of undress. And when she is fully clothed, her outfits are sometimes more...

Abstinence pants, because chastity belts are so 17th century

As a parent, you hope your child will have the good sense to wait until they are mature (and hopefully, married to the perfect person you've carefully chosen) to become sexually active. Of course, you're also hoping they will one day remember to...

Teenage myths about sex and HIV

If you happen to see your teenager drinking bleach, you might have more to worry about once you get off the phone with poison control. It seems that teens in Florida believe that drinking a capfull of bleach will prevent HIV. As if that weren't...

Kate Walsh speaks out on sex education

Citing recent research that found that one in four young women are infected with an STD, Kate Walsh is pushing Congress for better funding for sex education. Walsh sits on Planned Parenthood's board of advocates and she's letting lawmakers know that...

Waiting for sex -- not good either

I don't think anyone will read this and decide we need to add sex to the high school curriculum (well, except maybe high school students), but it is an interesting finding. A new study shows that those who wait before becoming sexually active are...

Scientists tell congress to just say no to abstinence-only education

Ten top researchers in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health recently sent a letter to members of congress calling for an end to government funding and support for abstinence-only education. The scientists note that "by design,...

Abstinence education still doesn't work

A team of researchers from Oxford University has determined (again) that abstinence-only education doesn't work. At least, it doesn't work if the goal is to prevent kids from having sex or to prevent kids from getting pregnant or pretty much anything...

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