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This week’s news and research has been a blast from the past – abstinence-only education, a second birth control recall, and men befuddled by birth control.  It’s like we’re reliving the past!

In Utah, the House has passed a bill banning comprehensive education about sexuality.  It forces schools to either teach abstinence or nothing at all since the bill forbids teaching about contraception, sex outside marriage, and homosexuality as well as limiting other topics.  Now, the legislation moves onto the Senate.

A new review of research finds that condoms are commonly used incorrectly.  Common errors include late application, early removal, and failing to leave space at the tip.  Not using condoms properly puts users at a risk for pregnancy, STDs, or HIV.

At the premiere of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Zac Efron accidentally dropped a condom on the red carpet.  While an embarrassing incident, I’m so glad a young Hollywood star isn’t pretending to remain abstinent or showcasing unsafe sex behaviors.

Another batch of birth control pills recalled.  Glenmark Generics Inc explained the recall is due to packaging error.

A new study finds that teen girls who rely on their boyfriends for spending money are less likely to use condoms.

Certain members of the House have started “Women’s Health Wednesday“, where members deliver one-minute speeches exploring issues.  The discussion begins at noon and is streamed live on C-SPAN.

Senate defeated the provision that would have limited birth control coverage by allowing employers to deny health care that contradict their moral or religious beliefs.  The Blunt Amendment was defeated by 51 to 48, a very small margin that leaves much to be desired out of Senate.

Democrats are calling on House Speaker Boehner to condemn radio host Limbaugh’s sexist attacks against Sandra Fluke.  The third year Georgetown Law student has lobbied Congress to resist the GOP’s efforts to limit women’s access to birth control.  Limbaugh has referred to Fluke as a “slut” and “prostitute”.

In the words of Stephen Colbert, this has been such a fun throwback.

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