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Every member of Congress to receive copies of 'Our Bodies, Ourselves'

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Jenny Rogers

Several women's groups are concerned that Congress needs to brush up on sex ed. Organizations including the National Research Center for Women & Families and Every Mother Counts are teaming up to send a copy of "Our Bodies, Ourselves" to every member of Congress.

First published in 1971 and now in its 9th edition, the book covers topics like birth control, body image, abortion and pregnancy. Representatives from several groups were at the National Press Club on Monday to explain why they felt Congress needed this information.

Cynthia Pearson of the National Women's Health Network pointed out that disagreement over abortion is nothing new, but science is now being abused to make arguments. "What seems to be going on somewhat right now," she said, "is public figures' willingness to make statements of fact that are so badly wrong."

Women's health care expert Diana Zuckerman agreed that health care leaders are a "bit alarmed by some of the misstatements among legislators about what is and isn't true about medical technology," but maintained that this initiative wasn't meant to single out a particular party.

"This is something that is really bipartisan," she said. "I think there's ignorance on both sides."

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