||[Jan. 16th, 2004|02:18 pm]
"What is a woman who expresses arousal in response to blatantly visual sexual cues? I hope we've moved beyond calling her a slut while calling a man who does the same a stud."
-- Jim Pfaus, psychologist, Concordia University in Montreal, on the importance of obliterating cultural stereotypes
Time Magazine, January 19, 2004
"It's not the abstinence we object to, it's the abstinence-only programs we object to because they are dangerous and they do not work… We want to give them the skills and information to delay the activity until they can have a mature experience."
-- Jim Farrell, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, on safer sex education
Fox News Channel, September 9, 2003
After Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed into law a measure that requires state-regulated insurance companies in Illinois that offer prescription drug benefits to cover prescription contraceptives:
"When you put Viagra® on the market and it's on most insurance plans within months, and contraception has been available for 40 years, it speaks volumes on the discrimination issue," said state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago), a sponsor of the bill.
From Chicago Tribune, A boost for birth control, by Connie Lauerman, July 16, 2003
After CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding endorsed an abstinence-only program for at-risk teens in Georgia, sparking debate over whether the Bush administration is obstructing comprehensive, medically accurate sexuality education:
"According to Health and Human Services, the groups must agree to teach that 'a mutually faithful, monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is the expected standard of human sexual activity' and that sex outside of marriage 'is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects,' among other points. They are not allowed to talk about condoms."
From The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Public Health Tailored to Bush Line, Critics Charge, by David Wahlberg, August 3, 2003
Planned Parenthood Action Network
-- Demand that Insurance Companies Cover Contraception
-- Speak out to save Roe vs. Wade