Hot News Stories (5/1/14)

WJBF News (Aiken County, SC)
The teen birth rate in South Carolina is declining, but the state still has the 12th highest one in the country. Right now, South Carolina schools teach abstinence only. But under the bill that passed the House on Tuesday, instructors would be required to teach other means of birth control.

Andalusia Star News (Covington County, AL) 
“Data released this week showed that teen childbearing in Alabama cost taxpayers at least $167 million in 2010, according to an updated analysis from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy; for the nation overall, teen childbearing cost taxpayers $9.4 billion… Our children need both messages – abstinence and protection. It is our duty as parents, aunts, uncles, church and community leaders to see that get them.”

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
Contraception, cohabitation, divorce, remarriage and same-sex unions: On Pope Francis’ orders, the Vatican will convene an urgent meeting of senior clerics this fall to reexamine church teachings that touch the most intimate aspects of people’s lives. Billed as an “extraordinary” assembly of bishops, the gathering could herald a new approach by the church to the sensitive topics.

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