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New Study of 12,000 Teens Shows Bush Abstinence Scheme Does Not Work
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"Teens who make a one-time pledge to remain virgins until marriage catch sexually transmitted diseases about as often as those who don't pledge abstinence, according to a study of the sex lives of 12,000 adolescents. Those who make a public pledge to delay sex also wind up having fewer sex partners and get married earlier, the research shows. But the two groups' STD rates were statistically similar. One of the problems, researchers found, is that virginity 'pledgers' are less likely to use condoms when they do have sex. 'It's difficult to simultaneously prepare for sex and say you're not going to have sex,' said Peter Bearman, chairman of Columbia University's sociology department, who coauthored the study with Hannah Bruckner of Yale University. 'The message is really simple: 'Just say no' may work in the short term but doesn't work in the long term.'" We bet this important study is conveniently "ignored" by the Bushie media!

Male Contraceptive Shows Promise in India
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Audrey Schulman writes, "Sujoy Guha, professor of biomedical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi... has spent the last 25 years perfecting his invention; Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance... RISUG works by an injection into the vas, the vessel that serves as the exit ramp for sperm. The injection coats the vas with a clear polymer gel that has a negative and positive electric charge. Sperm cells also have a charge, so the differential charge from the gel ruptures the cell membrane as it passes through the vas, stopping the sperm in their tracks before they can even start their journey to the egg. RISUG doesn't affect the surrounding tissues because they have no charge. Compared to the other male contraceptive choices currently available - abstinence, withdrawal, condoms and vasectomies - RISUG is a whole new ballgame... [But] lack of interest in RISUG by the U.S. helps delay its use around the world." Urge Congress to fund RISUG research!

Save Science from Right-Wing Ideologues
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"Association of Reproductive Health Professionals is circulating the document below, 'Preserving Core Values in Science,' to clinician, education, and advocacy groups affected by the interference of ideology in what should be science-based decision-making by government agencies and representatives. This is being sent to the administration within one week to encourage them to show leadership in separating ideology from the scientific decision-making that occurs under their watch. ARHP is asking organizations to sign-on to the statement. We are also collecting individual signatures for a petition using the same language. Instructions for sign-on as an organization or as an individual petitioner can be found by clicking the links to the right."

Bush's War on Rubbers
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Hey, he may be causing war, depression and poverty, and remains unable to catch Osama, but Bush has declared war on the lowly condom. The government is waging a covert war on condoms. The start of hostilities wasn't announced from the Oval Office. Nor was it put to a dramatic vote in the Congress. This is a guerilla war. The insurgents inch forward with determined steadiness, and a certain stealth. A fact sheet on the effectiveness of condoms in preventing the transmission of the AIDS virus has disappeared from the Centers for Disease Control Web site. According to lawmakers who have protested, the missing sheet was based on public health data showing that "latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are highly effective in preventing transmission of HIV" and other sexually transmitted diseases. In its place is a notice: "Being revised."

Bush Has No Respect For Women, Not To Mention Any US Treaties or Agreements
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"Supporters of the Cairo plan said Friday that withdrawal of U.S. support could undermine the world's approach to population control and women's health care in developing nations. The 8 year old agreement has dramatically changed how countries around the world work to control population growth from a system driven by targets and quotas - which led to involuntary birth-control measures - to one that focuses on access to health care and education. 'This hit like a bombshell,' said the senior U.N. official. 'People were stunned.' Cairo was about empowering women and focusing on the special needs and new circumstances surrounding reproductive-health issues..This document was agreed to by everybody in the world, including the Vatican.'" Defeat ALL Republicans!

Bush Regime Escalates Its War against Women
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Bush has withdrawn the United States from another United Nations program that provides health services for women around the world. Their pretext is that because the program focuses on reproductive health care, it has something to do with abortions. They're impervious to the arguments that providing contraception prevents abortions; providing the means for health pregnancy and childbirth saves more lives than preventing abortions ever could; and that reproductive health also means preventing or curing serious diseases that affect both mother and child. To promote their theocratic agenda, they are condemning millions of women and children to illness and death. Way to be pro-life, George!

HHS Censors 'Politically Incorrect' Data
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The Centers for Disease Control has removed information about the effectiveness of condoms from its web site. The National Institutes of Health has deleted information showing that abortion does not increase the risk of cancer. These are just two examples of the way the Bush regime has been censoring any facts that don't comply with its reactionary, theocratic ideology. On scientific advisory panels, too, scientists are rapidly being replaced by ideologues who will impose Bush Values on the country.

An Open Letter About Emergency Contraception
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Katha Pollitt and Jennifer Baumgardner write, "The one thing that activists on every side of the abortion debate agree on is that we should reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies. There are 3 million unintended pregnancies each year in the United States; around 1.4 million of them end in abortion.Yet the best tool for reducing unwanted pregnancies has only been used by 2 percent of all adult women in the United States and only 11 percent of us know enough about it to be able to use it. No, we aren't talking about abstinence--we mean something that works! The tool is EC, which stands for Emergency Contraception (and is also known as the Morning After Pill)... If you are sexually active, or even if you're not right now, you should have a dose of EC on hand. It's less anxiety-producing than waiting around to see if you miss your period; much easier, cheaper and more pleasant than having to arrange for a surgical abortion if you end up pregnant and don't want to be."

UN Family Planning Funding: Listen to the Women
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Writes Rebecca Louise, "Contraception and the tools of family planning that women in the U.S. now take for granted are most often available in the developing world in health clinics funded or run by international agencies. Overpopulation and women's health issues are among the most important problems when it comes to the world's stability since famine, poverty, illness and ignorance kill far more men, women and children than war. Yet, the U.S. government led by George W. Bush is trying to make it harder for these poor women in the less developed parts in the world to learn about spacing their pregnancies further apart or how to plan their family size in a more rational manner."

Bush Administration Models Its Family Planning Approach After the Taliban
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American women used to thank their lucky stars they lived in America, where they knew that they and their daughters could get unbiased family planning resources and a system that at least TRIED to discourage discrimination against women. But now, under Bush, women are being subjected to a Taliban-style mentality in which abstinence is the only accepted form of birth control. It doesn't matter if you are raped, a victim of incest, an emotionally or socially troubled young person unable to make wise choices, a victim of domestic violence, or one of the estimated 200,000 homeless "castoff" teens who are daily made victims of sexual predators. Nope - if you get pregnant, get an STD or contract AIDS, that's just too bad. You should have abstained. When can we expect the stonings to start?

Bush's Stance on Global Family Planning Threatens Environment and Self-Sufficiency of Poor, Who Then Become Prey for Corporate Exploitation
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In Central America, the thick, green blanket of trees that once covered much of the region is being rapidly reduced to little more than a patchwork of forest fragments as trees are cut and cleared to satisfy the growing demand for wood, fuel and farmland. Nowhere are the links between health, population and the environment more evident than in the tropical forests of the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Family planning services funded by the U.S. and other developed nations are helping to improve both the environment and the self-sufficiency of the poor in such regions. But Bush's efforts to block such help are designed to force the poor into the mercy of U.S. corporations: It's much easier to exploit desperate people with too many mouths to feed. Nowhere are the links between health, population and the environment more evident than in the tropical forests of the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Family planning services funded by the U.S. and other developed nations are helping to improve both the environment and the self-sufficiency of the poor in such regions. Bush's efforts to block such help is designed to force the poor onto the mercy of U.S. corporations: It's much easier to exploit desperate people with too many mouths to feed.