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SCIENCE
February 25, 2004 | From Reuters
Half of all young Americans will get a sexually transmitted disease by the age of 25, perhaps because they are ignorant about protection or embarrassed to ask for it, reports issued Tuesday suggested. The reports, publicized by two nonprofit sexual and youth health groups, said there were 9 million new cases of sexual diseases among teens and young adults aged 15 to 24 in 2000. They said said the U.S. government's policy of preferring abstinence-only education would only increase those rates.
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NATIONAL
February 3, 2004 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
The budget proposed by President Bush moves the federal government more heavily into social policy with plans to increase spending to promote sexual abstinence among teenagers and to support the institution of marriage. The course carries potential political benefit for the president and little risk. But Bush is walking a tightrope nonetheless. Supporting his electoral coalition are different wings of the Republican Party: social conservatives and fiscal hawks.
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.
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.
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