Roundup: Studies Show Comprehensive Sex Ed Makes a Difference

Amy Dempsey

"Family Guy" episode axed; studies on sex education find comprehensive sex ed useful; change in support for abortion rights?

‘Family Guy’ Episode Axed
recently reported, Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, created an
episode dealing with abortion for the upcoming season. He said Fox was
unlikely to air it, and he was right. On Tuesday, Fox declined to show
the controversial episode because of advertiser concerns, according to the live feed.

Reilly, Fox’s entertainment president, said, "We don’t censor Seth…It
was a business decision. It was fragile subject matter at a sensitive

MacFarlane said he was fine with Reilly’s decision, the article said.

Studies on Sex Education

According to the Amherst Bulletin,
many studies have taken place over the years regarding comprehensive
and abstinence-only sex education programs.  In 2007, researchers from
the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy looked at
48 comprehensive sex education programs and found there was a decrease
in unprotected sex, a delay in when young people chose to have sex and
a reduction in the number of sexual partners.

in 2007, Mathematica Policy Research studied abstinence-only programs.
They found that students enrolled in these programs were no less likely
to have sex than those in comprehensive sex education, the article said.

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Another study conducted by the Journal of Health Communication in 2001
found that some abstinence-only efforts resulted in young people
wanting to wait until marriage to have sex, the Bulletin reported.

Change in Support

The Washington Monthly
reported that in May, Gallup released a poll that revealed 51 percent
of Americans identify as pro-life, and 42 percent as pro-choice.
According to the article,
it was the first time the majority of U.S. citizens identified as
pro-life, and it was the largest margin abortion opponents had ever

This has changed in the new Gallup report. It shows that public opinion changed after the George Tiller murder, according to the article.
It also said:

Generally speaking, there just aren’t significant shifts on this. Most
Americans oppose a constitutional amendment prohibiting abortions, and
that hasn’t changed. Most Americans want to see the Supreme Court leave
the Roe v. Wade precedent intact, and that hasn’t changed,
either. This matters far more than ambiguous labels like "pro-choice"
and "pro-life."  


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August 6: Fox News: Senate Dems Get High-Level Coaching for Those Townhalls  

August 6: EmpowHer: Contraceptive Use Common Among New Mothers: Study 

August 6: Washington Monthly: A SHIFT BACK ON ABORTION RIGHTS?

August 7: IPS News:Family Planning: Expand Role For Private Sector  

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August 6: Feministing: Defying Gravity Writer James Parriott Responds   

August 6: LifeNews: Minnesota Planned Parenthood Gets Infertility Ed Grant, But Abortions Cause It

August 7: Amherst Bulletin: What the studies say    

August 6: NYTimes: Fertility Rise for Richest – Boon or Trouble? 

August 6: Times-Picayune: Marriage commission members take dim view of adoptions by same-sex couples

August 6: USA Today:Health care debate steers into abortion, euthanasia

August 6: LifeNews: Senate Confirms Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court, Expected to Back Abortion

August 6: The Frisky: Why Emergency Contraception Needs To Be Used For Emergencies Only

August 6: PhillyBurbs:Birth control pills during pregnancy?

August 6: Optimum Population Blog: Abortions Surge in China 

August 6: Catholic News Agency:New pro-life campaign will insist that abortion is not health care

August 6: FOX News: Would Government Health Care Fund Abortions? 

August 6: Minn Post: Maureen Reed offers vague positions on abiding and abortion

August 6: Baltimore Sun: He’s just not that into you 

August 5: Catholic Online: Include Children in the Womb in National Health Care Reform 

August 6: North Country Public Radio: Conservatives question McHugh’s pro-life cred 

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