Tuesday News Roundup

mouse2Dr. Carhart is a Hero – Salon.com
When Feminism Went Nuts – The Times Online
Why American Pretend to Separate Church & State – Bilerico
What Every Woman Should Know About Women Who Ran For President – The New Agenda
How Do I Help a Loved One Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted? -After the Silence
The Sexual Politics of Condom Usage – RH Reality Check
Abortion Returns to the Health Care Debate – Newsweek
Health Care Reformers Say Maternity Benefits Make Cents – Women’s e-News

Thursday News Roundup

mouse-clickA Taste of What’s to Come on ENDA – Right Wing Watch
Condom Commandments – The Frisky
Marriage Changes Us More Than We Change Marriage – Bilerico
Hemp Advocates Want Their Own Beer Summit – Roll Call
Parental Consent Laws Hurt Women – Chicago Sun Times

Congrats, Anti-Choicers: Teen Birth Rates on the Rise

condomsWell ain’t that something? A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health shows that teen pregnancy rates, which had been on a 14 year decline, have been steadily on the increase since 2006. The study attributes the rise to a decrease in contraceptive and condom usage. According to an article in today’s Washington Post:

Instead, the researchers found that there appears to have been a subtle decrease in contraceptive use, including a slight increase in the use of the withdrawal method and the proportion of teens reporting no contraceptive use. But perhaps most importantly there was a small but significant drop in condom use, which fell from about 57 percent to about 55 percent from 2003 to 2007.

The study did not examine why these trends occurred. But Santelli says it could be due to a number of factors, including rising complacency about the AIDS epidemic and safe sex to protect against HIV. But Santelli also says the recent increased focus on encouraging kids to remain abstinent until marriage instead of teaching them about contraceptive may also be at least partly to blame.

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