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Texas House Funnels HIV Funds to Abstinence Education
House passes measure diverting HIV funds to abstinence education
DAILY News  April 1, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...Staving off objections from Democrats, a measure that would divert $3 million from HIV/STD prevention programs to abstinence-only education sailed through the House during Tuesday’s marathon debate over the massive, $210 billion Texas budget...."

An Abstinence of Judgment
The Bush administration's new appointee to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV / AIDS is motivated more by ideology than science, critics warn.
News Story  February 8, 2002, by Lauri Apple
"...A board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, McIlhaney gave up his private practice in 1992 to found the Medical Institute, a nonprofit that holds seminars and produces brochures and videos endorsing sexual abstinence. In March 1999, the Institute worked with then-Gov..."

Save It for Me: Abstinence Education in America
News Story  May 30, 1997
"...The definition of "abstinence education" was developed by political and religious conservatives, spearheaded by the Heritage Foundation, and first introduced by U.S. Sen..."

Abstinence Makes the Head Grow Softer
A new report finds that federally funded abstinence-only educations contains "false, misleading, or distorted information about reproductive health."
News Story  December 17, 2004, by Jordan Smith
"...While the amount of federal money earmarked for abstinence-only sex education has more than doubled in less than four years, a report released this month by U.S. Rep..."

Not Strictly Abstinence Anymore
'Ignorance won't protect our kids'
News Story  November 25, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...According to the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund, the number of schools teaching "abstinence-plus" sexual education – that is, a focus on abstinence education combined with additional, factual information about contraceptives and sexually transmitted infections – has increased to just more than 25% since the 2007-2008 school year, when a TFN study found that just 3.6% were teaching more comprehensive sex education. That said, abstinence-only education still dominates Texas schoolrooms, despite any meaningful research demonstrating that these programs actually work..."

From 'Abstinence-Only' to Plan Z
Reproductive health care for young Texas women is limited, costly ... or nonexistent
News Story  October 11, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...As Corpus Christi native Blanca Murillo recalls, sex education at her public middle school was "abstinence-only," and available only to "girls who were deemed smart enough to take it," she said, because it was "important to ensure smart girls know what to do – and that's to not have sex at all." That didn't entirely make sense to Murillo, now a 21-year-old senior at UT, in part because she knew girls in her school who were pregnant – shouldn't someone be taking these messages to them too? she wondered. That experience "always stuck with me," she said, and is in part what motivated her to get involved with UHS' healthy sexuality peer educator program, an outreach and education program designed to "empower students to make healthy sexual choices that are right for them, including the choice not to have sex," according to the UT website...."

From 'Abstinence-Only' to Plan Z
Reproductive health care for young Texas women is limited, costly ... or nonexistent
News Story  October 4, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...As Corpus Christi native Blanca Murillo recalls, sex education at her public middle school was "abstinence-only," and available only to "girls who were deemed smart enough to take it," she said, because it was "important to ensure smart girls know what to do – and that's to not have sex at all." That didn't entirely make sense to Murillo, now a 21-year-old senior at UT, in part because she knew girls in her school who were pregnant – shouldn't someone be taking these messages to them too? she wondered. That experience "always stuck with me," she said, and is in part what motivated her to get involved with UHS' healthy sexuality peer educator program, an outreach and education program designed to "empower students to make healthy sexual choices that are right for them, including the choice not to have sex," according to the UT website...."

Abstinence Doesn't Work
Postmarks  November 30, 2004
"...Dear Editor, This summer I became involved with several groups that formed to combat the Texas Board of Education and their premise of inserting into Texas school textbooks the idea that abstinence is the best form of birth control. My point is that it has never worked in the past and will not succeed in the future..."

No Sex, No Moms
Welfare Reform Funds Abstinence Ed to Curb Momhood
News Story  May 30, 1997, by Roseana Auten
"...Dr. Joe McIlhaney believes that abstinence education is the best way to prevent the proliferation of welfare mothers..."

Echoes of Innocence
Earnest and well-intentioned Dallas-based cast and crew have created a puzzling and inauthentic youth drama that promotes teenage sexual abstinence.

Film Review  September 9, 2005, by Marrit Ingman
"...Starring: Sara Simmonds, Jake McDorman, Natali Jones and Matt Vodvarka. The earnest and well-intentioned Dallas-based cast and crew of this puzzling youth drama have labored to create a movie promoting teenage sexual abstinence..."

Let’s (Not) Talk About Sex
More than 83% of state school districts either don't teach sex ed or teach abstinence-positive curricula
News Story  February 23, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...When it comes to sex education in Texas, students are more likely to learn the details on the street than in the classroom. More than 83% of state school districts either don't teach sex education or teach abstinence-only lessons, according to a new study from the watchdogs at Texas Freedom Network's Education Fund...."

This Kitty's Got Claws
Teeth tears into everything from abstinence programs to rape culture. Is Austin grownup enough to handle it?
Screens Story  January 25, 2008, by Melanie Haupt
"..."The goal was to take a misogynist myth and turn it around." Lichtenstein does so by writing his heroine, Dawn (played with admirable intensity by newcomer Jess Weixler), as a naif who slowly learns to accept and love her body, especially the power it enables her to exert over men who might attempt to violate her or add her to a list of conquests. Along the way, Lichtenstein, son of the prominent pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (who, coincidentally, is the subject of a current exhibit at the Austin Museum of Art), takes jabs at teenage abstinence movements, as well as a Lynchburg, Va., school board that insisted upon censoring the image of a vagina in a high school textbook..."

About AIDS
Abstinence, yes. But condoms, yes, too.
Columns  July 30, 2004, by Sandy Bartlett
"...We saw just that in real-world terms at July's 2004 World AIDS Conference in Bangkok, in the battle of condom-inclusion vs. abstinence-only..."

Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Texas-set comedy riffs on Lysistrata
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Film Review  September 30, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The twist in Cooper’s version is that the women want the men to relinquish all their guns after a mishap occurs when a schoolboy “borrows” his father’s Mauser and accidentally shoots the crossing guard in the ass. The boy’s mother Jenna (Anders) leads the abstinence strike..."

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
This new chapter in the series splits the difference between kickstarter Twilight’s stylish camp and follow-up New Moon’s turgid drama, but still does not come up a winner.
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Film Review  July 2, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...She’s the narrator of this saga and nominally its heroine, but more often than not, she’s just a bystander, referred to in third person even as she stands mere inches away. Bella has always been a milquetoast – that much is a constant, both in Stephenie Meyer’s source books and their feature film adaptations – but what especially rankles here is that when the sexually curious Bella does try to take action by initiating sex with Edward, she’s swatted away, with Edward – the mouthpiece for Meyer’s hectoring pro-abstinence message – murmuring paternalistically about her “virtue.” (Vampires, a famously lusty lot, should consider a defamation suit; this neutered, even priggish portrayal can’t be good for business.) So, no action in the bedroom: Let slip the dogs of war, then..."

Rocket Science
On the surface, Rocket Science is yet another quirky high school movie, but its story of a stutterer who's enticed into joining the debate team is special in its own way.
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Film Review  August 24, 2007, by Toddy Burton
"...It occurs when our hero, Hal (Thompson), an occasionally incoherent teenage stutterer, delivers his opening remarks during a high school debate. I won’t ruin it for you, but "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" is involved along with a rhyme about abstinence..."

About AIDS
HIV has been taken hostage in the abstinence debate.
Columns  December 24, 1999, by Sandy Bartlett
"...Despite the low incidence of HPV-induced disease (or death), right-wing abstinence supporters warn that nothing can prevent HPV but stopping premarital sex. Their position is that even using condoms is not "safe" sex, and only abstinence can prevent disease..."

Pro-Lifer to Oversee Nation's Family-Planning Program
DAILY News  November 20, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...Eric Keroack as his new appointee to oversee the nation’s family-planning program at the Department of Health and Human Services – from where nearly $300 million in federal funds is distributed annually among the states to fund, in large part, the providing of reproductive health care – notably, including access to contraceptives – to poor and uninsured women. While one might think that appointing someone expert at providing these critical health services would be a good choice to head up that office, Bush has tossed logic to the wind and has instead tapped Keroack for the job – an ob/gyn best known for his staunch support of abstinence-only education and as the medical director for the outfit A Woman’s Concern, which operates a string of crisis pregnancy centers in Boston – a group that, amazingly, openly espouses the notion that widespread use and distribution of birth control is actually “demeaning to women.”..."

Just Say No!
Rick Perry's approach to sex education has helped Texas boost its teen pregnancy rate
News Story  October 28, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...During an interview before a live audience in the KLRU studio in 2010, Evan Smith, editor of the Texas Tribune, put his chin in his hand and asked Gov. Rick Perry: "Governor, why does Texas continue with abstinence education programs when they don't seem to be working? In fact, we have the third-highest teen pregnancy rate in the country, among all the states."..."

Just Watch the Livestock
Texas schools' sex ed favors 'don't ask, don't tell ... and keep 'em ignorant'
News Story  March 20, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...Most of these kids live on a farm or have animals they feed and care for. They get a pretty good sex education from their animals." Abstinence ....."

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