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Condoms in the Classroom
Last Featured: 8/21/2001

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Reproductive Health Advocates have long maintained that the availability of birth control information and condoms in the schools is one of the best ways to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS infection, unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion. Do students have a constitutional right to obtain accurate medical information? What are the rights of parents to prevent their children from participating in sex education in the schools and receiving condoms?

Catherine Weiss is the Director of the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project where she oversees a nationwide litigation docket of more than forty cases, legislative advocacy in Congress and in state legislatures, and a public education program. She works closely with the ACLU's 53 state affiliates to coordinate joint efforts to promote reproductive rights. After obtaining an M.A. in political science from Yale University and a law degree from Yale University Law School, Weiss served as law clerk to The Honorable Alvin B. Rubin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Weiss has personally been involved in numerous important reproductive freedom cases including: state constitutional challenges to bans on public funding for abortion; defenses of condom-availability programs in the public schools; challenges to laws requiring parental or judicial involvement in minors' reproductive health decisions and challenges to so-called

Brian Fahling is a senior trial attorney for American Family Association Center for Law and Policy where he has an active litigation practice at the state and federal level. Mr. Fahling has served as lead trial counsel in a case defending pro-life activists prosecuted under the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act and co-authored an amicus curiae brief in the Supreme Court case of Stenberg v. Carhart, in support of Nebraska's partial birth abortion ban. In addition to a busy litigation schedule, Mr. Fahling is the Center for Law and Policy's liaison to Congress and state legislatures on matters of public policy. A graduate of Regent University College of Law and Government, Mr. Fahling served five years as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Snohomish County, Washington.

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"Sex education MAY be a good idea in the schools...but I DON'T believe the kids should be given HOMEWORK..."

— Bill Cosby

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