ACLU Reproductive Freedom Announces Nationwide Actions

New York –  ACLU Reproductive Freedom today launched take issue take charge, a nationwide action aimed at combating dangerous abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula. In a coordinated effort, ACLU reproductive rights activists across the country are sending letters to local officials calling for careful scrutiny of health and life-skills curricula. “Today’s action should be a wake-up call for many states,” said Louise Melling, Director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. “State officials need to ensure the health and safety of students by taking responsibility for the curricula taught in their classrooms.” According to a recent report prepared for Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), many abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula used by federally funded programs contain false and misleading information and perpetuate harmful stereotypes. Perhaps most alarmingly,…

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ACLU Announces Settlement in Case Against Taxpayer Financing of Religion in Louisiana Abstinence-Only Programs

New Orleans – The American Civil Liberties Union today announced a settlement with the Louisiana governor’s office in a case challenging the use of taxpayer dollars to fund religious activities in the Governor’s Program on Abstinence. “We are gratified that the governor’s office has agreed to keep religion out of state-sponsored sex education programs,” said Catherine Weiss, Director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project and a lawyer in the case. “This settlement should put other states on notice that using taxpayer money to promote religious beliefs violates the basic principle of religious freedom and will not be tolerated.” Under the settlement, the governor’s abstinence program, also known as GPA, has agreed to monitor closely the activities of all the programs…

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ACLU Announces Settlement in Challenge to Government-Funded Religion in the Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Program the “Silver Ring Thing”

BOSTON — The American Civil Liberties Union today announced a settlement with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in a case challenging federal funding of religious activities in a nationwide abstinence-only-until-marriage program, the Silver Ring Thing. “We are pleased that the government has agreed to stop using taxpayer dollars to fund the Silver Ring Thing’s religious activities,” said Julie Sternberg, a Senior Staff Attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. “The ACLU supports the right of Silver Ring Thing to offer religious programming, but it may not do so using government funds.” In today’s settlement, HHS agreed that it will not fund the Silver Ring Thing’s abstinence-only-until-marriage education program as it is currently structured and that any future…

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NARAL and ACLU Say North Carolina Bill is Important First Step to Correct Flawed Sex Ed Law

New NARAL-ACLU Report Exposes Dangers of Inaccurate Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs Used in NC Schools Raleigh, NC — On July 26, 2006, NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina and the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina said the State Senate’s passage of the technical corrections bill, SB 602, to the “Public School Health Curriculum” is an important first step, eliminating some bias against gay and lesbian students and correcting medically inaccurate language regarding HIV transmission. More is needed, however, to ensure teens’ health and safety, the groups said. The passage of this bill coincides with the release of a report by NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina and the ACLU of North Carolina. “Putting Teens At Risk: A Report on Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs in North Carolina…

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