Saturday, May 7, 2011 - 3:59pm

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Last Tuesday, the newly elected ultra-conservative NC State House voted on a new budget bill. Included in this budget were many ideological attempts to bring about a new era of social conservatism in the state; among them was the elimination of state funding for Planned Parenthood.

Saturday, December 18, 2010 - 3:46pm

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The DREAM act failed today in the senate, a heartbreaking defeat to many who have worked hard for years on this legislation.  This is also a set back for our whole country and for my generation, as we are not able to offer a path to citezenship to those who want to serve our country.  The Senate needed 60 votes to bring the bill to the floor, they got 55-- well above what would be needed for the bill to pass in a normal vote.

Friday, September 3, 2010 - 7:35pm

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September brings about the start of the 2010/2011 school year, and in North Carolina sexual health advocates are celebrating. The Healthy Youth Act (HB 88) goes into effect this year, effectively ending North Carolina’s decade long policy of abstinence-only sex education. This bill replaces abstinence-only sex education with a more comprehensive reproductive health and safety program that promotes abstinence as the best method for avoiding pregnancy and STI’s, but also teaches about contraception, safe sex, and healthy relationships. State Senator Ellie Kinnaird, one of the bills supporters, commented saying:

I am pleased that the NC Legislature was able to pass the Healthy Youth Act last session. However, it was not without great difficulty. Several religious groups and some Republican Senators objected to broadening the information available to students. But on the other side, we had many allies who worked the halls just as hard to make sure that students have accurate, complete information about sexual health.

Monday, April 12, 2010 - 5:49pm

Breaking news in North Carolina: The NC Division of Social Services has recommended the elimination of the State Abortion Fund! Click here to send a letter asking State Legislators and Gov. Bev Purdue to stand up and defend reproductive freedom in NC.

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 11:08pm

I thought that the main reason why we had high teen pregnancy rates was because the law would not allow schools to teach comprehensive sex education. We worked to pass our bill last year, and over the summer it became law. Hooray! So now what? Now that the bill has passed, I have had my eyes opened up a bit about what we are really fighting for. Passing the bill was a tremendous step, and the NC legislature should be proud that they stood up for young peoples rights to accurate information, but there is MUCH more work to do.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 10:52pm

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A year or two ago, the thought of going into NC public schools and training teachers how to teach comprehensive sex education would have seemed crazy.  Schools were required to adhere to a strict abstinence-only policy, unless they went through a long, complicated, messy public hearing process

Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 11:47pm

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Once again Colbert has proven to be the man.  Check out this clip from Thursday's show about William Phillips choosing not to say the Pledge of Allegiance because gays cannot marry.

Monday, September 7, 2009 - 8:37pm

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Last week CNN reporter Carol Costello came to Durham, NC to interview several North Carolina State Activists about a story about the Healthy Youth Act in North Carolina.

The story aired last Thursday on American Morning, and it is now Online:


Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 9:40am

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Last Tuesday, North Carolina State Activists Lee, Joe, Eli, Emilio, Me, and Wake Teen peer education Gabi were interviewed by CNN for a story about sex education. When I first heard the news, I didn’t know what to expect. I have been extremely frustrated with TV news coverage for quite sometime because it has been shallow, inaccurate, playing to people emotions rather than peoples minds, and in FOX News’s case, coverage has been racist, full of lies, etc.  Most coverage of sex education that I have seen hasn’t been very accurate and the stories have been super short (usually 20 seconds-1 minute), and the reporters never really seem to get it. When I heard that our NC efforts were going to be on CNN I was very excited, but skeptical that the story would be any good. 

Here is our group on the CNN set:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 2:23pm

Cross posted from Amplify

I think that Planned Parenthood is amazing, and they do a lot more then you might realize. Planned Parenthood combines health centers all over the country with amazing national and local advocacy and education. Planned Parenthood is running TV ads on Health Care, and running really great campaigns like this one where you can send a letter to your elected officials telling them not be let anti-choice activists hijack health care reform. The DC office attends White House meetings advocating for young people and advocating for choice and women’s rights and comprehensive sex education.