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For the last 4 months, conservatives having been screaming about the threat of healthcare reform allowing the big scary government to interfere in their personal lives. Death panels, forced government coverage that denies you services, etc…

All scare tactics, sure, but take a look at what conservatives in Oklahoma have just passed. A new law will mandate that women seeking an abortion have the following personal information about them posted publicly on a website:

  1. Date of abortion
  2. County in which abortion performed
  3. Age of mother
  4. Marital status of

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The good folks at the League of Young Voters made this video to poke fun at the ridiculousness of abstinence-only education:

Remember, tell your Senators we need to get rid of the Hatch Amendment passed last week that saved abstinence-only federal funding from the grave!

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The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart absolutely hammered the Democratic Party and their supposed "Super-Majority" last night. Even though they have the White House and huge filibuster-proof majorities in Congress, they have so far failed to make any progress in reforming our broken healthcare system by creating a public option. 

But what have they made progress on? Oh right.... restoring funding for Title V abstinence-only programs.

Check out the awful truth here:

And remember that in order to get rid of this awful amendment, we all need to…

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Thought federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs was a thing of the past?

Think again.

Last night, the Senate Finance Committee voted 12-11 to pass Hatch Amendment #C30 to restore the $50 million a year funding to Title V abstinence-only programs. All Republicans on the committee (including Snowe from ME) voted for it, as well as 2 Democrats, Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas.

Here is the gloating response of the National Abstinence Education Association:

This positive bipartisan vote by the Senate insures that

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A larger percentage of young Americans are uninsured than any other demographic in this country, approximately 1 in 3. When you don’t have insurance, you hold off on going to the doctor because you can’t afford the prices. And then you get tragedies like the one this Wednesday in Ohio:

OXFORD — Friends say the Miami University graduate who died this week after reportedly suffering from swine flu delayed getting medical treatment because she did not have health insurance.

News of Kimberly Young’s death Wednesday, Sept. 23, came

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Federal funding for the harmful and ineffective abstinence-only-until marriage programs was supposed to be a thing of the past. President Obama zeroed out their funding in his 2010 budget. The House of Representatives, even former ally Appropriations Chair David Obey, approved the budget without allowing ab-only funding to be snuck back in. And it looked like the Senate would land the final blow and get rid of it for good.

But Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has decided to make a last ditch effort to sneak abstinence-only funding back in, attaching …

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Federal funding for the harmful and ineffective abstinence-only-until marriage programs was supposed to be a thing of the past.

President Obama zeroed out their funding in his 2010 budget. The House of Representatives, even former ally Appropriations Chair David Obey, approved the budget without allowing ab-only funding to be snuck back in. And it looked like the Senate would land the final blow and get rid of it for good.

But Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has decided to make a last ditch effort to sneak abstinence-only funding back in, …

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Today is Constitution Day all across America, recognizing and celebrating the 222 year old document that defines our political system, rights and liberties.

Except, perhaps, in Mississippi.

Why? In May, the state of Mississippi threw a state-funded abstinence-only rally for students where they were told the value of not having sex until marriage (including a chant that went “Stop! Don’t touch me there! This is my no-no square!”). That in itself is legal, but not when the rally itself is from start to finish a blatant attempt at proselytizing …

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I guess donating money to a group that tiptoes on the line of being domestic terrorist group is not as popular as it once was.

Some fabulous news today from the Kansas City Star, as they published this fundraising letter that Operation Rescue recently sent out:

We’re now so broke (as the saying goes), we can’t even pay attention.

Seriously. We struggle to pay every bill. I had to borrow money just to send you this letter, in hopes that you will come to our rescue so that

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The Alabama Supreme Court has just reaffirmed its position that citizens may not buy and sell weapons of mass distruction within the state borders.

Automatic weapons? No.


The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday upheld the state’s ban on the sale of sex toys, but Love Stuff, the Hoover store that filed the challenge, has no plans to stop selling the devices.

While people have the right to use the devices in private, the Legislature has the right to ban public distribution of those products, the court majority

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The smell of social conservative hypocrisy has been overwhelming in South Carolina, of late.

First, it was Republican Governor Mark Sanford. The strong defender of the "sanctity" of marriage (between one man and one woman) apparently didn’t mind occassionally leaving his wife at home while cavorting down to Argentina to hook up with his "soul mate".

And now, we have Kristin Maguire, the recently departed chairwoman of the South Carolina Board of Education. A "strong social conservative", she co-founded and lead South Carolina Parents Involved in Eduction, …

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Operation Rescue, the professional intimidation by violence group founded by this nutjob, decided to do a mass protest in front of Dr. Leroy Carhart’s clinic in Nebraska this Saturday, vowing to "Close the Clinic".

Local chapters of the NOW had other ideas. They brought in supporters from all over Kansas and Nebraska, and on Saturday they outnumbered Operation Resuce almost 3:1.

The clinic will stay open. Below is their victory rally, afterwards.

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No, that’s not Leslee Unruh or the National Abstinence Education Association.

It’s the Obama Administration.

Here’s the new tv ad from 4parents.gov, run by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services:

So, let’s see, you’ve been in office 8 months now, right Barack? And this is what we’re still peddling?

It gets worse at their website. Here’s what they have to say about marriage:

This Web site talks a lot about marriage, and that waiting until marriage is a sensible choice for your son or daughter

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Team Amplify was in full force at Netroots Nation in Pittsburgh recently, asking bloggers and activists what they thought of the Obama administration’s performance so far.

Here’s what they thought about Obama’s desire for "common ground" on abortion, and it’s exclusion from the health care debate.

We also asked if they thought that Obama was doing enough to expand LGBT rights:

And finally, we asked (since young people largely put Obama into office by turning out and voting for him in record numbers) what Obama should be doing for …

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For some reason or another, Ohio schools seemed to be inundated with some of the worst abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in the entire country.
Ohio is the home of Elizabeth’s New Life Center, notable for employing Derek the Abstinence Clown, who comes to middle school classrooms to perform and inform kids that using condoms is like juggling machetes. Elizabeth also teaches that abortion will give you breast cancer and "post-abortion-syndrome", a nice fallback for those unfortunate students who learned sex from a fracking clown and find themselves with …

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Last night, Senator Ted Kennedy passed away at the age of 77, after 47 years of serving his country in the United States Senate.

As we currently still face the threat of harrassment and violence at women’s health clinics from the likes of Randal Terry and Operation Rescue, let’s remember the work of Senator Kennedy to pass the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which made it a federal crime to use force, the threat of force, or physical obstruction to prevent individuals from obtaining or …

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Domestic terrorist Randall Terry, who has warned of “random acts of violence” and violent "reprisals against those deemed guilty" if healthcare reform is passed, is currently on a 10-city freakshow tour of the south.

terry1Yesterday, the freakshow went to Louisville, KY, where Terry performed a “skit” with two “actors”. Dressed as a doctor (after stabbing a baby doll), he stabbed someone playing an old women in the neck, with a sign behind him reading “Obama death-care. One dead patient at a time.” He then shook the hand of …

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Fresh off having been the butt of a murder “joke” by Glenn Beck (ha ha), Nancy Pelosi today got another veiled threat of violence by an unhinged man. This time, it was the 2008 mascot of the Republican Party, “Joe” the Plumber:

For Pelosi to write about us bein’ un-American and disprespectful — I’ll tell ya what: I respect nobody who lies to me and manipulates me and takes my money and puts my children in debt. They want me to be respectful towards them? Please! You know,

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We’re still here in Pittsburgh at Netroots Nation, and had the chance to ask DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas about what President Obama should be doing on LGBTQ rights. Here’s what he had to say:

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Team Amplify (myself and 4 of our bloggers) is currently in Pittsburgh at Netroots Nation, the biggest gathering of progressive bloggers in America.

We are going around asking attendees how they think the Obama administration is addressing the needs of young people so far in his Administration, particularly regarding LGBT and reproductive rights.

One of our interviewees was Dainel Warwick, who is a 15 year old state political blogger in Washington at nwprogressive.org. In the following video, he expresses some disappointment with Obama so far.

Oh, and he …

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On November 4th, 2008, voters aged 18-29 came out to vote in record numbers. And when the smoke cleared, Democrats found themselves with massive victories in the House, Senate, and Presidential races. 66% of young people in this demographic voted for Barack Obama.

And when President Obama addressed these voters at the Youth Inaugural Ball, he acknowledged their contribution to his election:

“When you look at the history of this campaign, what started as an improbable journey when nobody gave us a chance was carried forward, was inspired by,

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Right now, America seems to be flooded with delusional conservative conspiracy theorists.

“Obama was actually born in Kenya, and is a secret foreign agent sent to destroy our country from within! Obama is secretly setting up FEMA internment camps for conservative critics! Obama’s healthcare reform will set up “Death Panels” to kill old people and babies with disabilities! Obama has mandated that taxpayer funds will now cover abortions!”

Of course, none of these allegations are true. Although, providing funds for poor women to exercise a legal right is something …

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What do you do when you’re told that the President you worked to elect, voted for, agree with on almost every issue, and absolutely adore – is to the right of former Vice President Dick Cheney?

“Say it ain’t so!”

Well, stop the presses… it’s so.

Dick Cheney on Marriage Equality:

“ People ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish, any kind of arrangement they wish. .”

President Barack Obama on Marriage Equality:

“…marriage is between a man and a woman.”

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These are hard economic times. Jobs are scarce, health insurance rates are skyrocketing, and many companies and organizations are hemorrhaging money.

Fortunately, one of those organizations is Focus on the Family.

Here’s a letter I received in the mail this weekend:

"Right now we’re facing a serious budget shortfall that threatens our ability to reach out to parents, families and married couples who count on our help. Income is down nearly $6 million from what we expected and planned for this year."

Gee, I guess when folks are in …

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Brian Safi takes a look at LGBTQ portrayals in mainstream commercials: some are overt, some are subliminal, and some got left on the cutting room floor:

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As we mentioned last month, two young men were arrested for "tresspassing" because one of them has the nerve to kiss the other on the cheek in front of the Church of Latter Day Saints’ Salt Lake Temple.

The local newspaper obtained the security video, an it does not show any type of inappropriate behavior from the two men. What is does show is a team of LDS secuitry guards attacking them:

This thuggery occurred after the guards told Aune and Jones that their display of affection was

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As we first told you back in April, a Virginia high school student was given a 2-week suspension for the heinous crime of taking drugs on campus…. birth control.

You folks sent out hundreds of emails to the Fairfax and Virginia state school boards telling them to ditch this ridiculous zero tolerance policy that treats birth control the same as heroin.

On Monday, Stephen Colbert defended Fairfax’s policy… as only he could:

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Nailed ‘Em – War on Birth Control

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Good news from the CQ Politics print edition last night- the Senate appears to be following through on the budget recently passed by the House of Representatives that strips all funding for abstinence-only programs.

Following the House’s lead, a Senate Appropriations subcommittee approved its fiscal 2010 labor, health and education spending bill, minus funding for abstinence-only education programs.


Chairman Tom Harkin, D_Iowa, confirmed that the bill will not contain funding for abstinence-only education programs when the full committee marks it up Thursday. Instead, the draft will contain funding

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Instead of repealing the ridiculous Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy himself, President Obama is putting that responsibility on the shoulders of Congress. While this might seem a little… shady, at least there are outspoken veterans like Rep. Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania who are leading the way to finally rid our military of this discriminatory policy that has ended the careers of 13,000 qualified men and women.

Murphy, a veteran of the Iraq War, is currently traveling around the country on the "Voices of Honor Tour", speaking out …

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The brilliant folks at The Onion have outdone themselves in the satire department, yet again:

WASHINGTON—According to the findings of a recent Department of Health and Human Services study, school lunch programs that teach children to avoid all contact with food may not be an effective method of reducing teen obesity rates.

Despite the popularity of abstinence-only meal programs in schools across the country, the study found that children who were provided with no food at lunch and cautioned against eating at an early age were no less likely

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Time to celebrate (for now)!

Here’s the statement from Advocates for Youth Executive President James Wagoner:

We applaud the House of Representatives for voting, 264 to 153, to end funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs and bring science and evidence back into government policy. By jettisoning this ideological earmark from the Bush era, the House of Representatives has signaled that it is ready to put the health and well-being of young people before ideology.

We also praise Members for voting to end the onerous ban on the use of federal funds

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Conservatives tried to tack on two dreadful amendments to the House Appropriation budget today, and they were fortunately voted down.

The first amendment was by Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), seeking to prohibit the HHS from funding programs which distribute sterile needles or syringes in order to combat HIV transmission. This lost by a very narrow vote of 211-218.

Secondly, Rep Mike Pence (R-IN) attempted to prohibit all funding for Planned Parenthood under Title X, which would complete decimate primary health care for millions of women around the country. This …

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You may have read this week about allegations that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger raped a woman at a Lake Tahoe hotel last summer. But where you haven’t seen this story is on ESPN. Why?

A media source tells us that, late last night, ESPN issued a "do not report" memo to all of its outlets and reporters. The directive came without explanation. "Even some of the reporters are wondering why," the source said, "but haven’t been told."

Jaclyn Friedman notes how this decision by ESPN is a …

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Step #1: President Obama zeroes out federal abstinence-only-until-marriage funding from his 2010 budget.


Step #2: Pass the budget in the House Appropriations Committee without allowing abstinence-only money to sneak back in.

I’m happy to report, we have another "check".

Many sexual health advocates (including myself) feared that Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-WI) would allow abstinence-only money to find it’s way back into the budget by either changing language or amendments, but I’m happy to report my surprise that this did not happen.

Though the Republicans …

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Sarah Haskins‘ "Target Women" videos are a must watch every week. In this episode, she shares with us some ridiculous milk commercials in California. Apparently, all women are simply waiting for a man with a glass of milk to save them from their messy "women problems"…

I suddenly have the urge to try Veganism……

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When Derek Jones kissed his partner, Matthew Aune, on the cheek last week, little did he know that such a "barbaric" act was going to get them detained by security guards.

But that’s exactly what happened. You see, their crime was kissing in front of the Church of Latter Day Saints’ Salt Lake Temple. Security guards there took it upon themsleves to actually detain them for "trespassing".

But activists in Salt Lake City weren’t going to just sit back and let this discrimination stand. This called for…. a kiss-in,

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A 16 year old sent in a question to the wonderful Scarleteen.com about her experience trying to buy condoms:

This may be a bit of a strange question, but my attempts at researching this question have yielded very few results. I’m 16 years old, and the other day, I went into a gas station near my home in Michigan to buy some condoms. I’m on the Pill, but I use condoms every time with my boyfriend due to my paranoia of pregnancy. When I brought the condoms to the

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From the one and only The Onion.

Taking bets on whether Leslee Unruh starts a Zoo boycott……

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Such a lovely statement on the card that goes with the lovely pin Colorado abstinence-only group Friends First sells for $5 on their website.

Oh, wait, what does the rest of the card say?

"You are like a beautiful rose. Each time you engage in premarital sex, a precious petal is stripped away. Don’t leave your future husband holding a bare stem. Abstain."

Ah. Right.

Well, considering the fact that Friends First’s Title V abstinence-only funding has now been swept away into the dustbin of history, maybe you …

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With abstinence-only funding in serious jeopardy of dying an official death in the House Appropriations Committee, our all-time favorite leader of the abstinence-only movement had this golden quote to share with the media:

"We’ve got news for the condom worshipers," says Leslee Unruh, President of the National Abstinence Clearinghouse, "abstinence education is not going away any time soon. Taxpayers will not tolerate their money being used for ideological latex-only programs and the molestation of their children’s minds and future."

Some people were just born to be poets, weren’t they?…

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One step forward on emergency contraception access…

Israel-based Teva, the world’s biggest generic drug company, and Hungarian drug maker Richter Gedeon GDRB.BU said on Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave final approval to their Plan B One-Step "morning after" emergency contraception.

"This is one tablet that women can take to help prevent unintended pregnancies after unprotected sex. The old version was two pills taken 12 hours apart," Moshe Manor, Teva vice president of global branded products, told Reuters.

… but we still have a ways to go. …

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We all know that the TV ads of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are sexist and tasteless, but their current campaign has seriously crossed the line.

In conjunction with their new ad featuring nothing but a girl in a bikini eating a sloppy burger, they have announced a new campaign called "Hot Chicks Eating Burgers". Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are seeking video submissions from scantly clad "hot chicks" eating burgers, so they can use them in advertisements.

In their video to promote the contest, a bikini-clad girl …

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Dr. Mónica Romero Sánchez of the University of Granada just released a study showing that men who like sexist jokes are more liekly to be tolerant of violence towards women.

In order to carry out this research work, the scientists applied several questionnaires to a group of 109 university male students aged between 18 and 26 years old. They showed them two series of jokes, one of them with sexist jokes where women were denigrated and another one with common jokes, without any kind of sexist content. Next, the

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Not to be outdone by Burger King, Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s brings out their old stand by in their new "just a piece of meat" ad. (h/t Samhita)

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Some outstanding news today from The Advocate, as they learn that the draconian HIV Travel Ban may soon be a thing of the past:

The first step to ending the HIV travel ban in the United States has been taken by the Obama administration. The Office of Management and Budget posted a notice on its site Friday afternoon indicating that the department of Health and Human Services could move forward with steps to change a regulation that has restricted HIV-positive people from gaining entrance into the United States.

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I spotted this old government sponsored propaganda film from the 1950’s on YouTube last night. The PSA warns boys about those dangerous folks with the "mental illness" of "homosexuality". Really…

While we can at least take heart that nobody in any level of government could get away with publishing anything so mind-numbingly ignorant today, this crazy line of thinking still does exist among far-right social conservatives today. I’m sure the folks in the American Family Association or Focus on the Family would nod approvingly of this.

Or the exorcists

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For the second time in weeks, a Republican 2012 presidential hopeful has admitted to cheating on his wife. South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford was caught red-handed this time, abandoning his gubernatorial duties for a week to go cavort around Buenos Aires with his mistress.

Not that the indiscretions of Sen. John Ensign and Mark Sanford would be any of our business, but both of them have the nerve to actively try to thwart LGBT rights by saying that gay marriage would destroy the "sanctity" of marriage. No, it …

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I’m a little tired of waiting on President Obama to fulfill his campaign promise of ending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and from the growing list of big names fleeing the upcoming DNC fundraiser, it looks like I’m far from alone.

On last night’s show, Rachel Maddow continued to shine the light on Obama’s extreme feet dragging on LGBT rights. She interviewed Lt. Victor Fehrenbach, an 18-year veteran of the Air Force who won 9 medals serving his country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Former, I should say, as …

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As Adrian posted on today, Jon Stewart invited former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on The Daily Show last week to talk about abortion. While I agree with most of Adrian and Jon’s points, the interview was frustrating for me to listen to on several levels.

First of all, Huckabee illustrated why “common ground” on abortion is so difficult to reach with hardcore anti-choicers. Second of all, Stewart (who is pro-choice) unfortunately used language about “extreme” pro-choicers who are “callous and indifferent”, not seeming to grasp the reality …

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In the wake of Dr. George Tiller’s murder, you would think that every mainstream political figure would renounce the use of violence against woman’s reproductive health providers, right?


Jodi Jacobson at RH Reality Check notes that last week’s Senate resolution to condemn such violence was blocked from coming to a vote by one anonymous Republican Senator.

Yesterday, a Republican Senator used his power to put a "hold" on a Senate Resolution originally introduced by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) condemning violence

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As I mentioned last month, President Obama’s new budget not only zeroed out funding for abstinence-only programs, but it also gutted federal funding for fake "crisis pregnancy centers" around the country. These frauds tell young women in need of information that abortions are dangerous, cause breast cancer, give them imaginary "post-abortion syndrome", and will make God angry with them. Here is a video of women that have gone to to these fake health clinics and heard their propaganda first-hand:

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Senator John Ensign, 2004:

The effort to pass a constitutional amendment reaffirming marriage as being between a man and a woman only is being undertaken strictly as a defense of marriage against the attempt to redefine it and, in the process, weaken it. Marriage is an extremely important institution in this country and protecting it is, in my mind, worth the extraordinary step of amending our constitution.

Senator John Ensign, 2009:

Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada has admitted he had an extramarital affair with a member

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Last Thursday, the organizations behind the campaign to get CVS to finally stop locking up their condoms held a rally in front of a CVS in Dupont Circle of Washington, DC. As we’ve detailed extensively, despite the fact that Walgreens and RiteAid have both made national policies to keep condoms unlocked, CVS has failed to do so. In fact, a recent study shows that while CVS has open condom access in wealthier communites, it keeps their condoms locked up in communities of color, areas that typically have higher …

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While Obama’s official statement commemorating June as pride month was nice words, some of us would like to actually see some, you know, action to back those words up. And June has certainly been lacking.

First of all, the Obama administration continues to pass the buck on the long outdated and unnecessary “Don’t ask, don’t tell” rule, keeping openly gay soldiers out of the military. While Obama continues to push this policy further down the road, we continue to lose valuable soldiers every day. Making matters even more frustrating, …

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Another right-wing domestic terrorist struck America yesterday, this time at the Holocaust Memorial in DC. Last night, Rachel Maddow shined the light on the increasing threats and actions of domestic terrorists, particularly those targeting clinics. This is certainly chilling, and hopefully the Obama administration has plans to deal with this quickly and effectively.

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Last Friday, 2012 Presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich attended the Rock Church conference in Virginia, presumably trying to boost up their appeal among the evangelical base. While Huckabee is already the darling of social conservatives, Gingrich had to up the ante to win them over (as he is well known to have serial adultery in his past).

In order to do so, Gingrich singled out the most destructive force in America today. Pagans. Really:

"We are living in a period where we are surrounded by paganism."


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Less than a week after Dr. Tiller’s assassination, in a time when women in 87% of the counties in America do not have access to an abortion, this is not news that is welcome to our ears.

President Obama has appointed Alexia Kelley to run the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Health and Human Services. Kelley is the executive director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG), a virulently anti-choice organization. From Sarah Posner at TAPPED:

Kelley and CACG have made

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"Teens, sex is as natural as the birds and the bees because you will be stung to death and have your eyes violently pecked out."

What’s funny is that even though Stephen Colbert is a satire of conservatives, he’s still a more rational advocate for ab-only than Leslee Unruh.


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If you thought the radical anti-choice movement limited their dangerous accusations of murder and genocide to late-term abortions… think again.

This Saturday is a nationwide protest in order to call attention to the nationwide mass murder that is…. birth control pills? Seriously…

On Saturday, June 6, pro-lifers across the country will be participating in the largest protest ever against the birth control pill and other birth control products. Last year, participants across the United States shared the facts on exactly how the pill kills babies. This year,

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In the wake of this Sunday’s anti-choice terrorist murder of Dr. George Tiller, blogger Jill Stanek is not only refraining from any type of regret, but now posting the whereabouts and pictures of their next intended victim, Dr. LeRoy Cahart.

Dr. Cahart is one of the few remaining physicians that will perform 3rd trimester aboritons in the country, and Stanek apparently wants every violent anti-choicer in the country to know exactly where they can find him.

Absolutely disgusting. And par for the course when it comes to this crowd, …

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Many folks have been trying to follow President Obama’s lead when he talks about finding "common ground" between the two sides on abortion.

Pandagon’s Amanda Marcotte obliterates this notion that we need to lose our moral high ground to accomodate people whose end goal is (1) a policy that puts women in prison for what they do with their own body and (2) a sex education system without anything resembling actual sex education. Those who advocate for reproductive choice have the moral high-ground, and we must never forget that.…

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The assassination of George Tiller by a right-wing domestic terrorist is not going to deter anyone committed to reproductive choice in this country. Not one inch. This is the message laid out in a release by the National Network of Abortion Funds, which helps low-income women pay for their procedure: (h/t love-and-organizing)

Abortion Funds Saddened but Not Intimidated, Pledging to Redouble
Assistance to Women

The National Network of Abortion Funds expresses outrage and grief at the murder Sunday morning of Dr. George Tiller, a Kansas physician who since

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Warning: this video contains vile speech that totally doesn’t advocate taking the law into your own hands against George Tiller (ahem)

UPDATE: And no, of course, he doesn’t apologize one bit.…

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Check out this glorious quote from the director of the Abstinence Clearinghouse and old friend of Advocates for Youth, Leslee Unruh, in response to President Obama cutting all of the abstinence-only funding in his new budget:

Leslee Unruh, Abstinence Clearinghouse director and Alpha Center founder, said she’d rather pay for Truth 4 Youth with private donations.

"I’ve never liked federal money," she said, decrying the restrictions attached to such grants. "If I had my way, I’d want no federal money going for this."

For once in …

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Every day at clinics all over the country, anti-choice activists harrass women trying to enter the building. To help these women, Planned Parenthood has countless volunteers who help escort them into the building safely. Check out this video of the great volunteer escorts working in the Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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President Obama’s budget released two weeks ago didn’t exactly thrill many of us concerned about a women’s right to choose. Obama failed to rescind the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits government funds from covering abortion services. This means that many low-income women are not able to have an abortion, simply due to the fact that they cannot afford it.

As truly disappointing as this is, I must also say that the president’s new budget does strike a significant financial blow to the radical anti-choice movement. When Obama zeroed out Title …

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President Obama’s budget released two weeks ago didn’t exactly thrill many of us concerned about a women’s right to choose. Obama failed to rescind the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits government funds from covering abortion services. This means that many low-income women are not able to have an abortion, simply due to the fact that they cannot afford it.

As truly disappointing as this is, I must also say that the president’s new budget does strike a significant financial blow to the radical anti-choice movement. When Obama zeroed out Title …

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Since the Republican Party’s big losses last November, many within the party have fought to determine where the party goes from here. Does it move further to the right, or seek to become more moderate in an attempt to draw in more mainstream voters? While most leading figures in the party (i.e. Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney) have warned against “moderation”, there has been one voice particularly dedicated to moving Republicans into becoming more socially moderate in an attempt to regain losses with young voters (who are overwhelmingly socially liberal).…

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What do you get when you mix:

  • Long haired men headbanging
  • Smoke machines
  • High-pitched squealing
  • Face melting guitar riffs


  • Misinformation about condoms?

You get this. Enjoy!

(h/t Condomologist)…

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My favorite TV host, Rachel Maddow, weighed in on President Obama cutting abstinence-only funding from his new budget.

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Yesterday, President Obama struck a blow to the abstinence-only community, cutting ALL of their funding streams in his new 2010 budget. Obama made it clear that our government should no longer fund these failed programs that promote misinformation, misogyny, discrimination and, of course, juggling and cinder block wielding abstinence clowns.

And the response from these abstinence-only organizations has ranged from angry to completely unhinged.

The National Abstinence Education Association was the first to weigh in. From their press release:

Today’s release of the 2010 Budget by the White

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Barack Obama just released the numbers for his new 2010 budget, and while everything in it isn’t peachy, I have some great news for you:

Abstinence-only funding has been ELIMINATED.

Community Based Abstinence Education funding is GONE.

Title V abstinence-only funding is GONE.

… and Derek the Abstinence Clown just pulled up monster.com on his computer.

Not only are all of the abstinence-only funds eliminated, but $173 million dollars will now be going to teen pregnancy prevention programs around the country that don’t have to adhere …

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President Obama just released his 2010 budget, and funding for abstinence-only programs has been ELIMINATED.


However, the budget is not 100% good news and we still have a fight ahead of us to make sure this comes to fruition in Congress.

I’ll have a much more detailed post up very soon, stay tuned…

(but until they, ENJOY THIS GREAT NEWS!!!)

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The American Family Association, one of the most homophobic fringe groups in the country, sent out an alert yesterday warning against the "Pedophile Protection Act" that had just passed the House of Representatives and is moving the the Senate for a vote.

The bill that they are actually refering to is the Matthew Shepard Act, which will include sexual orientation in the Hate Crime statutes. So according this large hate group, homosexuals = pedophiles.

The fact that groups like the AFA actually have a large group of …

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Remember Derek The Abstinence Clown? Derek Dye is a trained clown who is paid by taxpayer-funded abstinence-only groups to go into middle school classrooms and juggle, telling kids that having sex with condoms is like juggling machetes and pre-marital sex will destroy all of your life’s dreams.

Well, meet Keith Deltano: America’s new Abstinence Clown.

Deltano is a “comedian” who is paid by abstinence-only programs to perform for students all over the country. And what does this “performance” consist of? Take a look:

That’s right, as you …

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Tomorrow morning, North Carolina’s State Senate is set to vote on the Healthy Youth Act, which would finally allow comprehensive sex education to be taught in the state’s schools.

After years of abstinence-only being the only "sex education" taught in NC’s schools, this act will provide the opportunity for parents to allow their children to be taught realistic, science-based sex education. Polling has show that this is exactly what North Carolina parents want, and after years of teen pregnancies and STD’s rising in the state, this is …

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When the National Abstinence Education Association gathered on Capitol Hill last month for their annual lobby day, the sense of fear in the room was palpable. Independent studies had definitively shown that abstinence-only programs are a failure, and their many millions of federal tax dollars were in serious jeopardy.

Faced with these facts, the NAEA and its allies discussed a new strategy to continue its federal funding stream. Instead of abandoning their demonization of condoms and adherence to social conservative ideology over sound science, they would simply …

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In case you hadn’t heard, last week’s runner-up in the Miss USA pageant was asked what she thought about same-sex marriage. Check out the mind-numbing answer in the following video, with some analysis: (h/t I’ll Follow the Sun)

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Jessica Valenti, who runs one of the first and best feminist blogs out there (Feministing), was on the Today Show this morning to talk about the debacles that are abstinence-only education and "Purity Balls". The abstinence-only supporter that she was paired against actually had the nerve to compare Mathematica (the universally respected independent research organization that found abstinence-only programs to be a failure in 2007) to the KKK. Seriously, I’m not joking. Check it out:

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When it comes to sex, one would think that Bill O’Reilly would not attempt to take the moral high ground. With his checkered past of being sued for sexual harassment and the recent heat he’s taken for blaming young victims of sexual violence, Bill O’Reilly does not exactly come off as the most credible person in the world on this subject.
But hypocrisy is no stranger to O’Reilly, as he chose to give a softball interview to Elayne Bennett from the D.C. abstinence-only group Best Friends, in …

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The homophobes at the National Organization for Marriage have unintentionally created a cult classic… their ridiculous-to-the-point-of-being-stupid TV ad warning against the "storm" of gay marriage has created an enitre cottage industry of parody videos that mercilessly mock it. We showed you Steven Colbert’s video last week, but here are two more that just popped up. (btw, if you haven’t seen the horrible original ad, check here to get the joke)

Any favorites? Or are people like NOM just too awful to find any humor out of, for you?


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This week we’ll be holding a "registration drive" of sorts here at Amplify. We’re trying to get all of you folks visiting and reading the site to click on the fancy "Join" link over on the right side, and take part in all of the cool features that Amplify provides for registered users.

Here’s a rundown of what you’ll be able to do on Amplify once you register:

1. Write your own blog posts!

Have you just read something in the news, seen something on TV or …

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Remeber that ad last week from the National Organization for Marriage that was so phony and pathetic that you couldn’t help but laugh at it? Well, Steven Colbert parodied it this week, as only he can:

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
The Colbert Coalition’s Anti-Gay Marriage Ad
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor NASA Name Contest

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Today is the National Day of Silence, where middle school and high school students all over the country will take a vow of silence in solidarity with GLTBQ students who experience discrimination and bullying.

Apparently, some right-wing Christian groups are upset that these students are interupting their favorite pasttime.

Warren Throckmorton, a professor at Grove City College, encouraged evangelicals to embrace this day and show Christian compassion for those who are discriminated against. He urged students to carry cards with the Golden Rule on them, stating "I pledge to …

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No, they are not, says Kung-Fu Jesus. Enjoy!

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Has your college campus recently made condoms more difficult to access?

Is your school board making a decision about what sex education curriculum will be taught in your schools?

Did your local paper run an op-ed against same-sex marriage?

Is your state legislature considering legislation that limits access to abortion?

If so, you find yourself in a position where you need to mobilize people to act quickly. However, you might not have a database of activists at your fingertips, or have the resources to create an easy form for …

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A few ridiculous items from around the country this week:

Focus on the Family, the group that forces their own fundamentalist brand of moralism on the rest of us, had one of their employess arrested for soliciting a minor for sex over the internet. Always such a shame when one of these hypocrites gets caught To Catch a Predator style, isn’t it?

Bill O’Reilly devoted a segment of his program to discuss the "controversy" over pictures of one of the male American Idol contestants kissing another man. …

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Iowa State Senator Mike Gronstal was asked to co-sponsor a constitutional amendment that would overturn their court’s ruling this week that ruled the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional. This was his response, and I must say it was a beautiful one.

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As we told you on Monday, a Virginia high school student faces a two week suspension and possible expulsion for the terrible, terrible crime of… taking her birth control pill. The most atrocious part of this sad affair is that school policy gives the same punishment for carrying a loaded handgun, and even a more lenient policy for possessing heroin.

This calls for immediate action. The Fairfax School Board and Virginia’s state school board need to rectify this ridiculous policy immediately.

Please send the board members this letter

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This morning, Vermont’s state legislature overrode the Governor’s veto of legislation allowing gay marriage in the state. And this afternoon, the District of Columbia Council voted to recognize same sex marriages in other states.

Along with Iowa ruling that their ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional on Friday, this has been an amazing week for GLBTQ rights!…

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The White House and the Center for Disease Control have launched a new campaign and website devoted to tackling America’s HIV problem. The new site gives visitors facts about HIV, how to prevent it, where to get tested, and what to do if you are HIV positive. It looks great, check it out!

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America’s most famous teenage pregnancy drama just got another dose of drama from the Tyra Banks Show. Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol Palin’s baby, went on the show and answered Tyra’s questions on whether they practiced safe sex. After saying that they did several times, Tyra pressed further, asking "every time"? Levi finally relented: "most of the time".

D’oh! Once is all it takes, as these two young people unfortunately found out.

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Yes, you read that correctly. You would think that Virginia high schools wouldn’t want teenage pregnancies among their students, but I really don’t see how this is going to help matters.

When a Fairfax County mother got an urgent call from school last month reporting that her teenage daughter was caught popping a pill at lunchtime, she did not panic. "It was probably her birth-control pill," she thought. She was right.

Her heart dropped that afternoon in the assistant principal’s office at Oakton High School when she and

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Nobody does satire better than The Onion, and in this week’s issue they tackle our society’s fear of saying the dreaded word "vagina".

Renowned Hoo-Ha Doctor Wins Nobel Prize For Medical Advancements Down There

STOCKHOLM—In recognition of her groundbreaking work treating life- threatening diseases of the privates, renowned hoo-ha specialist Dr. Victoria Lazoff was awarded the Nobel Prize in Lady Medicine this week.

The world’s foremost authority on ailments down south, Lazoff led a team of cutting-edge hoo-ha doctors to develop new strategies for detecting abnormal growth in…you

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A victory in the heartland!

The Iowa Supreme Court this morning unanimously upheld gays’ right to marry.

“The Iowa statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution,” the justices said in a summary of their decision.

The court rules that gay marriage would be legal in three weeks, starting April 24.

The court affirmed a Polk County District Court decision that would allow six gay couples to marry.

Meanwhile, Vermont’s State House passed their

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Like blogging about sexual and reproductive health and rights for young people? Even better, want to get paid for it?

Amplify has a couple of spots open for front page bloggers aged 16-24. Each of our front page writers will have a weekly blog on the front page of www.amplifyyourvoice.org – you may be assigned to cover one of our issues, or we may just want your unique perspective on sex in our society. And you’ll get paid for it! (monthly stipend of $100)

You must have your …

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Via Akimbo, apparently these are selling like hotcakes in France right now:

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Advocates for Youth was happy to participate last week in the Sexuality Education Advocacy Training here in Washington, D.C., where activists of faith from all over the country came to learn, organize and lobby for REAL sex education in our schools.

One of wonderful youth activists here was 14-year old Zoe Paddock of Glouchester, MA, who attends the high school where the infamous "pregnancy pact" took place in 2007. She’s looking to bring greater contraceptive access to her school, and also bring in some much needed federal funding for …

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Stacie Murphy of Population Connection wrote an op-ed yesterday for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and ooooh is it a good one.

She name drops everyone’s favorite abstinence-only educator (Derek the Abstinence Clown), and goes on to tell about her successful effort to become a "Certified Abstinence Educator", just like Derek!

After watching Derek’s shtick, I got curious; what does it take to become a Certified Abstinence Educator?

Not much, as it turns out.

A little digging led me to the Web site of the Abstinence Clearinghouse, which,