Texas has become a laboratory for bad ideas when it comes to reproductive rights. In recent years state lawmakers have passed some of the toughest anti-abortion measures in the country, essentially making the procedure almost inaccessible for many Texas women.

The Texas Freedom Network supports efforts to ensure women have access to abortion and other reproductive health care services. That access requires adequate state funding and broad availability of birth control, especially for low-income women.


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Texas has one of the nation’s highest teen birthrates, yet a Texas Freedom Network Education Fund report last year found that 9 in 10 of the state’s school districts keep young people ignorant by teaching failed abstinence-only programs or nothing at all when it comes to sex education. Now you can participate in a special TFN webinar to learn how to advocate effectively for responsible sex education policies in your local community.

The training webinar is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 16. This informative session will explore the problem in Texas and explain how to join a local School Health Advisory Council, which advises school districts on health education policies, including sex ed. Participants will also learn what public policies can help ensure that Texas teens get the critical information they need about responsible pregnancy and disease prevention to protect their health and their future.

Participants will be able to see and hear the training session and ask questions from their own computers at home or work. Click here to register for this important training opportunity and help improve sex education policies in Texas public schools.Read More

Experience has taught us this: when someone from the religious right insists that a provocative event he has scheduled isn't really about politics, you can be pretty certain that politics is exactly what it's about. Today's example: a far-right group called Operation Save America plans on Saturday "to present a prophetic message" about 9/11 at an event in New York. Says the group's assistant director, Rev. Rusty Less Thomas, in a press release today: "We are going to New York City at this hallowed time not to politicize September 11th, but to present a prophetic message, that if heeded, may prevent future attacks and restore God's hand of blessing upon our beleaguered nation." Uh-huh. And what is that prophetic message? Read on:…… Read More

Montanans are seeing a classic right-wing distortion campaign on sex education -- much like we saw during the 2009 legislative session in Austin. You will recall that last year right-wing opponents in Texas screamed that medically accurate, evidence-based sex education would "promote recreational and gay sex." Unfortunately, absurd scare tactics like that cowed enough lawmakers to kill legislation that would have improved the dismal state of sex education in Texas. Remember that a teen gets pregnant every ten minutes in Texas -- a state with one of the nation's highest teen birthrates even as more than 9 in 10 school districts teach no medically accurate information on contraception and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Now look at Montana. Read More

From today’s TFN News Clips:

“The big message is that when it comes to children’s health, Texas kids are showing many signs that things are getting worse, not better.”

— Dr. Frances Deviney, Texas Kids Count director, discussing a new report that shows Texas has the nation’s third-highest teen birthrate, is experiencing a rise in the number of children living in poverty, and has a higher infant mortality rate. Read the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund’s 2009 report about the dismal state of sex education in Texas public schools.

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It looks like Texas schools are growing tired of waiting around for state law-makers to reverse the state's addiction to failed abstinence-only programs. They are taking matters into their own hands. Earlier this week San Marcos CISD became the latest in a rapidly expanding list of Texas districts -- including schools in the Dallas-area , Austin-area, and San Antonio-area, to name but a few -- to adopt a common-sense approach to sex education in their schools. On Monday the San Marcos school board voted to abandon abstinence-only sex education in favor of an abstinence-plus approach (which recommends abstinence first, but also provides basic information about contraception). On one level this is unsurprising, since a May poll sponsored by TFNEF shows that 80 percent of likely voters in Texas agree that high school classes on sex education should teach “about contraception, such as condoms and other birth control, along with abstinence.” Contrary to conventional wisdom, teaching accurate and comprehensive sex education is NOT controversial in Texas. But getting nervous school boards to overcome their reluctance and actually take action can be a daunting task. That's why TFN launched an initiative last…… Read More