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Lodge: Say No To Abstinence Pledge

Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston, pictured, responded to a request by former DUI driver Scott Andrus to abstain from alcohol during 2012 Legislature: “As a Catholic we receive the Body of Christ in two forms, His Body and Blood. Bread and wine served at the last supper symbolize the body and blood of our Savior. Many times during the Legislative session I attend Mass. Therefore for you to ask me to refrain from my religious celebrations is an invasion of my rights to freedom of religion. I am sure you have your personal religious beliefs and I would not invade on your beliefs. After all this is America the land of Freedom. I work hard to represent my constituents and understand the laws of Idaho concerning consumption of Alcoholic beverages.” Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise, puts the final count for those responding to his request at 18 for, one (Lodge) against, and 4 equivocal. More here.

You be a legislator: How would you respond to Andrus' request?

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Health District Omits Abstinence

A new website published by the Central District Health Department (CDH) – a public health entity serving the Treasure Valley – to educate teens on sex and methods of contraception is missing something that Internet pages for other reproductive health clinics aren’t. The site, dubbed, is lacking any references to the most effective form of birth control – abstinence – on its page dedicated to contraception.  The page lists several other methods teens can use, however, including condoms, sponges, pills, rings, and even full-on sterilization.  The web page, launched in late-December, promises to “reveal what’s real about sex, birth control, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy”/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Do you think the lack of reference to abstinence on the Central District Health Department's Web site represents an oversight or a blind spot?

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