University of Idaho curbs distribution of birth control, staff warn

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In guidelines issued by the university’s general counsel, employees were warned that abortion counseling could lead to felony charges. They were also advised to stop offering contraceptives to students. Reproductive health experts say this is an early example of the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion on access to birth control.

The Washington Post: University of Idaho may stop providing birth control under new abortion law

The University of Idaho’s general counsel issued new guidelines Friday on the state’s near-total ban on abortion, alerting faculty and staff that the school should no longer offer birth control. births to students, a rare move for a state university. University employees have also been advised not to speak out in favor of workplace abortion. If an employee appears to promote abortion, counsel in favor of abortion, or refer a student to an abortion procedure, they could face a felony conviction and be permanently barred from future employment in the state, according to an email obtained by The Washington Post. … Condoms could be provided “for the purpose of helping to prevent the spread of STDs”, according to the guidelines – but not “for birth control purposes”. (Kitchener and Svrluga, 9/26)

Idaho Capital Sun: University of Idaho releases memo warning employees that promoting abortion is against state law

“We always knew that the extremists would not stop at banning abortion; they would then target birth control. The University of Idaho announcement is the canary in the coal mine, an early sign of a larger coordinated effort to attack access to birth control,” said Rebecca Gibron, CEO of Planned Parenthood. Great Northwest, in a statement. “These attacks on birth control are not theoretical. They are already happening. And the University of Idaho’s new policy is just the latest example of extremists and draconian laws threatening to strip us of control over their reproductive health care. (Moseley-Morris, 9/26)

Learn more about birth control and sex education —

AP: Teen interest in long-term birth control skyrockets after Roe

Adismarys Abreu, 16, had been discussing a long-lasting contraceptive implant with his mother for about a year as a potential solution to increased menstrual pain. Then Roe v. Wade was canceled and Abreu joined the crowd of teenagers rushing to their doctors as states began banning or severely limiting abortion. “I’m definitely not ready to be pregnant,” said Abreu, who had Nexplanon – a matchstick-sized reversible contraceptive – implanted in her arm in August. Her home state of Florida bans most abortions after 15 weeks, and not having that option is “such a scary thought,” she said. (Hollingsworth and Rodgers, 9/27)

HuffPost: The Rhythm method is everywhere on TikTok. Here’s what women need to know

Some call it the rhythm method, others talk about natural family planning, fertility awareness, or natural birth control. Whatever name you know him by, he’s having a major time on TikTok. Videos on “rhythm method” scored 905 million views on the platform, while videos on “natural family planning” reached 61 million. (Foam, 9/26)

The State News: World Contraception Day: Students reflect on their experiences and sex education

Monday marked “World Contraception Day”. According to the World Health Organization, or WHO, the purpose of creating this day was to promote the rights of couples and individuals to make decisions about pregnancy. In 2021, WHO found that contraceptive use may have reduced maternal mortality by 40%. However, students find that many of these methods, such as condoms, contraceptives, and intrauterine devices (IUDs), are not taught extensively or at all in high school sex education. (Wohrle, 9/26)

Chicago Tribune: Illinois Youth Writing Handbook for Sex Ed Curriculum

Northbrook resident Irene Sooah Park remembers educators and other adults treating sex ed as something that should never be talked about outside the classroom. It was in middle school that she remembered a teacher standing in the back of the class discussing vaginas and penises to avoid eye contact with the students. And recently, during COVID, she said sex ed was dropped from her sophomore health class in favor of bone and muscle lessons. (Rocket, 9/26)

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