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NEWS
July 20, 2003 | Rachel Zoll, Associated Press Writer
Tom McMahon lived with the woman he called his wife and their sons 10 miles from where he worked in Northern California. But he hoped his boss would never find out: McMahon was a Roman Catholic priest, torn between his calling, which required celibacy, and his family. He forwarded the rectory phone to a special line at his house in case parishioners called. When one of his sons, still a toddler, attended a church event, McMahon held the boy as if he were someone else's child.
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NATIONAL
June 29, 2003 | From Associated Press
In a city known more for sin than virtue, a group against premarital sex gathered this weekend to send a message: Wait until marriage. It was a clash of the good girls and the sin-seekers as about 200 teens, parents and youth counselors descended on the Strip to pass out cards promoting abstinence. "What better place to bring this than Sin City?" said participant Deanna Grimm, 24, of Sioux Falls, S.D. "They need to hear it."
SPORTS
June 18, 2003 | T.J. Simers
I received a copy of an article Tuesday that had run in the Sun, which is called the United Kingdom's biggest selling newspaper, and which indicated Lennox Lewis, the heavyweight champion of the world, has decided to refrain from sex during the six weeks or so leading up to Saturday night's fight in Staples Center.
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."
NATIONAL
December 19, 2002 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
Fourteen Democratic members of Congress accused the Bush administration Wednesday of playing politics with a new government fact sheet on condom use, eliminating key information that they say could help people make informed decisions. Led by Rep. Henry A. Waxman of Los Angeles, the lawmakers said the U.S.
NATIONAL
November 16, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
There's nothing like a controversy about sex to get them worked up at Miss America Pageant headquarters in Atlantic City, N.J. But the latest furor has to do with not having sex. Miss America Erika Harold wants to promote abstinence during her year's reign, to the chagrin of the pageant. Harold, 22, of Urbana, Ill., was a well-known abstinence advocate before she won the Miss Illinois title.
NATIONAL
July 26, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
A federal judge in Louisiana ruled Thursday that the state illegally used federal money to promote religion in its abstinence-only sex education programs, a decision that could jeopardize President Bush's ambitions for expanding the effort nationwide. U.S. District Judge Thomas Porteous Jr. ordered the state to stop giving money to individuals or organizations that "convey religious messages or otherwise advance religion" with tax dollars.
HEALTH
July 22, 2002 | SHARI ROAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ahighly anticipated new drug to help recovering alcoholics remain abstinent has been rejected by the Food and Drug Administration. The agency turned down the application to market acamprosate, telling its manufacturer, Merck KGaA of Germany, that the company had not adequately demonstrated the medication's safety and efficacy. The FDA requested that Merck KGaA conduct at least one more U.S. clinical trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2002 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Carla Osorio's volunteer work to prevent teen pregnancy, the high schooler's message is captured in a cheer she and a few other like-minded girls from Montebello composed: Give me a T Give me an E Give me an E Give me an N Give me an S What do we want from teens? ABSTINENCE Make your decision Make it a vision And let it be your mission. Osorio, 16, carries this message to other girls in Los Angeles partly through her position as one of the spokeswomen for the Los Angeles chapter of Girls Inc.
NATIONAL
July 21, 2002 | From the Washington Post
The Bush administration has decided to withhold $34 million for international family planning programs administered by the United Nations, a move that delights conservatives but intensifies a battle with Congress and women's rights advocates about global assistance and reproductive health policy. According to administration and congressional sources, the State Department will announce within the next few days that the administration will not pay its contribution to the U.N. Population Fund.
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