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February 14, 2010
Cartoonists coasted like a Prius thrown into neutral this week. Besides Toyota's hara-kiri, we got great mileage out of polar paralyzation in Washington, Sarah Palin's palm prompter, Iranian nukes and, oh yes, that little budget mess. But a brave few went off script. Pat Bagley was burned up over entitlements, tax cuts and war bills. Mikhaela Reid was alone in commenting on abstinence -- apparently it's an unsexy issue. And Jeff Koterba was a solo voice crying for the millions slaughtered in an African war. Too bad you can't recall a wildly out-of-control conflict.
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January 13, 2008 | Dahleen Glanton, Chicago Tribune
It was an evening for couples: girls in formal gowns, tiaras and curly up-dos, escorted by their dads, in tuxedos or suits and ties. They dined on roast beef and waltzed to classical music in a ballroom decorated with draped crosses and a mannequin in a white wedding gown. They listened as a guest speaker warned of the dangers of premarital sex. Then they stood at their tables, looked each other in the eye and vowed that they would remain pure. He signed a pledge to be the protector of her purity and to live his own life with integrity.
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February 22, 1998 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Armed with a bundle of federal welfare reform dollars, Gov. Pete Wilson wants to escalate the fight against teenage pregnancy in California by significantly expanding "abstinence-only" sex education programs. Under the governor's proposal, community youth organizations would get money for programs that encourage youngsters to say no to sex until marriage. Discussion of contraceptives would be forbidden.
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August 10, 1999 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thanks to some inappropriate talking and staple-throwing, the uniformed 13- and 14-year-olds at Bernardo Yorba Middle School have been made to sit for roll call. When they are quiet, the teacher introduces today's guest speaker, a friendly looking woman in a short skirt, who also, they are told, suffered the consequences of imperfect behavior. Her problem, however, was sex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Few subjects roil adults like the collision of kids and sex, and it seems our kids are just as divided. Listen to Jonathan Knepper and Mahshid Rezapour, two young leaders on the emotionally charged issue of indiscriminate teen pregnancy. For Jonathan, the solution lies in abstinence. "It's hard, but it's worth it," says the junior at La Canada High School. "You can have tons of sex, but it's going to catch up with you." For Mahshid, the solution lies in sex education.
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September 27, 2000 | MELISSA LAMBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sex education courses in America's schools often are based on either an "abstinence only" curriculum or a more comprehensive program that also includes contraception. But a study released Tuesday found that the line between the two approaches increasingly has blurred.
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September 9, 1994 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Between learning about condoms and communicable diseases, hundreds of San Fernando Valley seventh-graders also will receive a tough, new message this year: Abstain from sex. Endorsed by even the most staunch supporters and opponents of sex education, the state-funded program focuses entirely on persuading 12- to 14-year-olds to postpone sex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1992 | ANDREA HEIMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A new program designed to reach junior high students that advocates sexual abstinence may soon be taught in many schools throughout Orange County. While only two schools have participated in the program, more are scheduled to join next year. The program, Education Now and Babies Later, has been approved in the Laguna Beach Unified School District. The Santa Ana Unified School District, which has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the county, will vote on it next month.
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March 4, 2002 | CHRISTINE FREY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the movie "40 Days and 40 Nights," Josh Hartnett plays a virile but vulnerable guy who gives up sex for Lent after a bad breakup. He renounces women, hides his porno collection and eventually has a buddy chain him down to keep his hands off himself. He avoids temptation until he meets Erica (Shannyn Sossamon) at a laundromat, and struggles throughout the rest of the film to keep his vow of chastity without losing her. Like Hartnett's character, I, too, am abstaining during Lent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2003 | Denise M. Bonilla, Times Staff Writer
In the latest battle over Santa Ana Unified's sex education policy, the school board voted late Tuesday to reject an abstinence-only curriculum, saying it did not meet state requirements. The 3 to 2 vote against Game Plan, an abstinence-centered curriculum the board had been considering since last fall, capped a contentious night. "It's a good plan and I believe in abstinence," board member Sal Tinajero said. "But I believe there is a need to give knowledge because knowledge is power."
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