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Big Rise in Cost of Birth Control on Campuses, New York Times, November 22, 2007

The change is due to a provision in a federal law that ended a practice by which drug manufacturers provided prescription contraception to the health centers at deeply discounted rates. The centers then passed along the savings to students and others.

I Did Have Sexual Relations With That Woman, New York Times, Frank Rich, July 22, 2007

Abstinence Education Faces an Uncertain Future, New York Times, July 18, 2007

Sex and the Conservative, The Washington Post, July 17, 2007

Court Rebuffs F.C.C. on Fines for Indecency, The New York Times, June 5, 2007

Sex and the Single-Minded, New York Times, January 20, 2007 -- about Bush's appointment of Dr. Eric Keroack as deputy assistant secretary for population affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Board of Education Approves New Sex-Ed Curriculum, Washington Post, January 10, 2006

The Liberty Counsel's Unhappy Valentine, Talk To Action, January 10, 2006

Supreme Court and Texas are Queer for Lovers, Virtual Citizen, October 4, 2006

Museum Field Trip Deemed Too Revealing, New York Times, September 30, 2006

Sept. 11 TV Documentary to Challenge FCC Standards, NPR's morning edition, August 25, 2005:

CBS will push the limits of FCC indecency regulations when it airs a newly revised Sept. 11 documentary next month.

Sex Ed Changes at School With 65 Pregnant Teens, WYFF, August 15, 2006

Abstinence-Only Stupidity,, August 14, 2006

Why the U.S. Has Not Stemmed HIV
Activists Blame Infection Rate, Unchanged Since 1990, on Policies and Funding, Washington Post, August 13, 2006

Aid Without Prejudice,, May 26, 2006

FRC Praises Frist, Brownback On Broadcast Decency Bill, Family Research Council (perhaps the leading organization of the theocratic right), May 22, 2006

Town Cracks Down On Unwed Couples, CBS News, May 17, 2006

The War On Sex,, May 17, 2006

No, No, No ... Yes, Yes, YES! Abstinence Backfires, Counterpunch, May 10, 2006

This Holy Hand Grenade's a Dud, Talk To Action, May 9, 2006 -- more on the war on contraception

Prostitution pledge goes up in smoke, Talk To Action, May 9, 2006

Tax Abuse by the Christian Right: Catholic Edition, Talk To Action, May 9, 2006

The New York Times magazine has a feature article on "The War on Contraception," May 7, 2006

Many Youths Disregard Their Virginity Pledges, Harvard Study Says, LA Times, May 7, 2006

Frist Pushes Senate to Pass Bill on Indecency, Washington Post, May 4, 2006

Beyond Chastity Belts, New York Times, May 2, 2006 -- Nicolas Kristof explains the paradox in White House policies that oppose emergency contraception which leads to an increase in teen-age pregnancies which then increases the demand for abortions.

Life and Death? Just Don't Think About It , Talk To Action, April 11, 2006- " ... the Religious Right has an increasingly dangerous tendency to confuse medical mortality and morbidity with divine punishment for what they believe to be sexual impurity."

The battle to ban birth control, Talk to Action, March 20, 2006

Pledges and Punishment by Esther Kaplan on Alternet, March 15, 2006:

The director of an HIV prevention program explains how the Christian Right's growing control over U.S. foreign aid policy may cost Indian prostitutes their lives.

Trial Opens in Challenge to Law Over Teenage Sex, New York Times, January 31, 2006

Abstinence-only sex-ed is indefensible, Talk To Action, January 12, 2006 -- This article contains graphs that reveal the rise of STDs and teen pregnancies, particularly in the Bible belt

De-Funding the 'Contraceptive Mentality', Talk To Action, January 3, 2006

Birthing God's Mighty Warriors, Talk To Action, December 21, 2005:

Birthing God's Mighty Warriors exposes how Satan has used the secular idea of choice and modern medical advances to convince God's people to limit their family size through birth control and sterilization.

Will cancer vaccine get to all women? New Scientist, April 18, 2005:

"Abstinence is the best way to prevent HPV," says Bridget Maher of the Family Research Council ...

Virginity or Death! The Nation, May 30, 2005

Recruits Sought for Porn Squad, Washington Post, September 20, 2005

Adultery Inquiry Costs General His Command, New York Times, August 11, 2005

Prostitution Puts U.S. and Brazil at Odds on AIDS Policy, New York Times, July 24, 2005

Grand Theft Adult, New York Times, July 22, 2005: "As always in America, sex and nudity create the scandals, not systemic violence."

The Education of Shelby Knox: "A self-described "good Southern Baptist girl," 15-year-old Shelby Knox of Lubbock, Texas has pledged abstinence until marriage. But she becomes an unlikely advocate for comprehensive sex ed when she finds that Lubbock, where high schools teach abstinence as the only safe sex, has some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and STDs in the state." PBS. June 21, 2005

The Senator's Guide To Safe Sex, Washington Post, May 27, 2005

Remote Control, In These Times, May 10, 2005

U.S. Is Asked to Close Site on Sex Issues, New York Times, April 3, 2005

To read the letter from SEICUS about the government site referred to in the above article, click here.

The Decency Police, Time Magazine, March 20, 2005

Frank Rich, New York Times, March 13, 2005, writes that the United States has become:

a culture that is now caught in the vise of the government war against "indecency." The chill cast by that war is taking new casualties each day, and with each one, the commissars of censorship are emboldened to extend their reach.

The latest scheme for broadening that censorship arrived the week after the Oscar show was reduced to colorless piffle on network television. Ted Stevens, the powerful chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, pronounced himself sick of "four-letter words with participles" on cable and satellite television. "I think we have the same power to deal with cable as over the air," he said, promising to carry the fight all the way to the Supreme Court. Never mind that anyone can keep pay TV at bay by not purchasing it, and that any parent who does subscribe can click on foolproof blocking devices to censor any channel. Senator Stevens's point is to intimidate MTV, Comedy Central, the satellite radio purveyors of Howard Stern and countless others from this moment on, whether he ultimately succeeds in exerting seemingly unconstitutional power over them or not.

Dr. Hager's Family Values, The Nation, May 20, 2005

Liberal Bible-Thumping, New York Times, May 15, 2005

Ohio Anti-Adult Bill Goes to Extremes, AVN Online Magazine, May 13, 2005

ACLU Challenges N.C. Cohabitation Law, Woman Fired for Living With Boyfriend, Washington Post, May 10, 2005

Maryland County Wrangles Over Health Class Curriculum, NPR -All Things Considered, May 5, 2005

Sex As A Weapon, Jeff Sharlet,, April 25, 2005

Boeing Chief Is Ousted After Admitting Affair, New York Times, March 8, 2005

House Raises Penalties for Airing Indecency, Washington Post, February 17, 2005

Justice Dept. Fights Ruling on Obscenity, New York Times, February 17, 2005

Bush's Sex Scandal, New York Times, February 16, 2005

Touchdown for the Indecency Police, The International Herald Tribune, February 5, 2005

U.S. Revises Sex Information, and a Fight Goes On, New York Times, December 20, 2005

Some Abstinence Programs Mislead Teens, Report Says, Washington Post, December 2, 2004

Faith Based Gynocology???, November 10, 2004, President Bush announced his plan to select Dr. W. David Hager to head up the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee.

More Funding for Abstinence: From the, November 29, 2004; from the abstinence-only sex education text Choosing The Best Soulmate

Health Textbooks in Texas to Change Wording About Marriage, New York Times, November 6, 2004

HIV prevention groups says Bush administration is targeting their work, Associated Press, October 1, 2002

Last updated: July-2007