Sex Congress: Abstain From Funding Abstinence Education
posted by April 11 at 9:08 AMon
This is going to break your heart: The right-wing quacks,
religious abusive parents, and fundamentalist fuckwits willing to gamble with the health of young people—assholes that believe it’s better for teenagers to have unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and cervical cancer than to have access to accurate information about birth control, disease-prevention, and life-saving vaccines—are crying to the media about the possibility that those big meanies in the Democratically-controlled congress are going to cut their funding.
Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation promoting comprehensive sex education instead of abstinence-only curriculum. They want to send money to schools that stress abstinence while also instructing students about the health benefits and side effects of contraceptives.
Besides opening their own trade association, abstinence educators hired a public relations firm with a long list of Republican and conservative clients….
Currently, Congress uses three different programs to fund abstinence education. The largest of those programs has gone from $20 million to $113 million in seven years. President Bush is requesting $141 million next year.
The second largest pot of money, $50 million, goes through the states, which match that funding with $3 for every $4 they get from the federal government. The programs teach that sex outside of marriage is likely to be psychologically and physically harmful….
Wade Horn, who oversaw the two largest abstinence education programs until he resigned last week, predicted Congress will give states more flexibility in determining how Title V money is spent.
But he doesn’t believe Congress will make major funding cuts.
“I think it’s going to evolve, but I don’t think it’s going to go away,” he said. “I’ve seen some bills introduced by Democrats that suggest they want a separate fund dedicated to comprehensive sex education, but my sense is that it won’t be at the expense of abstinence education. I think it’s a matter of both, not one or the other.”
Hilarious. When Republicans were in control of Congress the abstinence-only crowd insisted that it had to one program—their program—never both. Never mind that their programs were backfiring everywhere. Teenagers subjected to abstinence-only education do not abstain from sex until marriage—and when they do become sexually active they were less likely to use birth control and condoms and, consequently, get themselves knocked up and infected with various STIs at higher rates than teenagers that receive comprehensive sex education.
Sorry, Wade, but there isn’t room for both—Congress should cut all funding for abstinence-only sex “education.” It was a grand experiment, a nice way for the corrupt Republicans to funnel money to the religious right, as well as a full-employment program for sexually stunted Jesus freaks terrified of their own desires. But guess what? Abstinence education hurts kids. Kill it, Nancy. Kill it, Harry.