The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lists the Heritage Keepers Abstinence Education, a pro-abstinence program aimed at middle and high schoolers, as one of almost three dozen "evidenced-based" sex education programs that qualify as effective in preventing teenage pregnancy.
Sarah Palin's strict views have turned her into a grandma for the second time; al-Qaida takes a page out of Disney's book to recruit children; meanwhile, Facebook fights Google+ by adding news to its online community. These discoveries and more after the jump.
She's been one of America's most prominent teen moms, she's a member of a growing Alaskan dynasty and, like her mom, Bristol Palin has now become a celebreality star on that dancing show lots of people watch Here, she returns to (continued).
A girl can gain a lot of wisdom from adversity, and, as a teen mom and as Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol Palin has no doubt encountered some life challenges in just 19 years. But is that hard-won knowledge worth $30,000 a pop?
This isn't going to sound all that shocking, but remember that this country is still wrapping its head around evolution: Criminalizing abortion does not reduce the number of abortions; it reduces the number of safe abortions. Contraception, however, does reduce abortions, according to an epic study of 197 countries.
Yet another report confirms, as The Guardian explains, "that rates of teen pregnancy and STDs are, after more than a decade of decline, once again on the rise." Thanks to President Bush's abstinence-only sex education agenda, black, Hispanic and poor women are more likely to have unwanted pregnancies.
The decline in contraceptive use may cheer those who have promoted faith-inspired school curricula, but now we have sad and clear evidence that political foolishness among adults is leading to foolish and harmful behavior among kids.
It's definitely "do as I say, not as I do" material, but Bristol Palin showed up on NBC's "Today" show Wednesday morning with dad Todd and baby Tripp in an effort to prevent other teenagers from becoming parents before they're ready. Matt Lauer snuck in a question about babydaddy Levi Johnston, but Bristol totally wasn't having it.
This Canadian Planned Parenthood commercial makes the argument for (or against?) sex education.