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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Props to the Washington State Legislature

posted by on July 18 at 9:27 AM

When your job includes something as boring as covering the Washington State Legislature, you cling to excitement wherever you can get it.

For me, this morning is an exciting morning. In a NYT story about the impending collapse of abstinence only education (hurrah!), my beloved Washington state leg gets the nod in the lead:

For the first time, however, Virginity Rules and 700 kindred abstinence education programs are fighting serious threats to their future. Eleven state health departments rejected abstinence education this year, while legislatures in Colorado, Iowa and Washington passed laws that could kill, or at least wound, its presence in public schools.

The accurate sex ed bill had been passing the House side in Olympia for years. In 2007 it finally moved out of the Senate. (In fact, it even passed out the Senate first this time.)

Congrats to Senators Mary Margaret Haugen and Rodney Tom, the initial sponsors, for passing an important bill this year. Tom, btw, is the State-GOP-House Member-Turned-State-Democratic-Senator who’s running against Darcy Burner in the D primary for U.S. House.

And here’s a pretty good epitaph on Bush’s failed abstinence only ed policies.

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Posted by Mr. Poe | July 18, 2007 9:37 AM

“After 10 years and $1.5 billion in public funds these failed abstinence-only-until-marriage programs will go down as an ideological boondoggle of historic proportions,” said James Wagoner, President of Advocates for Youth.

“The tragedy is not simply the waste of taxpayer dollars, it is the damage done to the young people who have been on the receiving end of distorted, inaccurate information about condoms and birth control. We have been promoting ignorance in the era of AIDS, and that’s not just bad public health policy, its bad ethics”.

Wow, so this means the Bushbots are going to accept that Ignorance Only education is doomed, right?

"High profile abstinence-only advocate, Robert Rector, led the preemptive damage-control planning. He outlined several strategies the abstinence-only movement could use to rationalize the findings in the report saying, “The other spin I think is very important is not [program] effectiveness, but rather the values that are being taught,” Rector said. Whether or not these programs work is a “bogus issue,” Rector continued."

Let's rinse and repeat:

"Whether or not these programs work is a “bogus issue...”

Sounds like a perfect Republican campaign slogan to me.

Posted by Original Andrew | July 18, 2007 9:59 AM

Virginity Rulz! God part of me wishes my high school had this crap becasue wow, that would have been hilarious. Nothing better then people trying to relate to those dang teenagers with their fancy jeans and hippity hop music.

Posted by Giffy | July 18, 2007 10:00 AM

I still haven't heard about whether they're just having less sex in general, or if they've only cut down on vaginal intercourse, and are just swallowing miles of cock.

Posted by Gitai | July 18, 2007 10:07 AM

Rep. Shay Schual-Berke (D-33) had been priming this legislation for five years before it finally passed to the Gov this year. Rodney Tom was in the right place at the right time, but came late to the game when compared to those who had been working on this for a lot longer. It seems to me that the decision to let the senate version prevail was political to give Tom some D bona fides for his new resume.

Posted by truthteller | July 18, 2007 10:49 AM

Gee TT tones of a Burnerite - what did Burner do on this issue? Why would the Oly Dems want to give Tom bona fides for his resume?

Posted by whatever | July 18, 2007 10:57 AM

Oh, Whatever, I am not a Burner supporter at all. I'd much rather see Ross Hunter running for the seat, but since that's not happening, I'm left without a candidate I want to support. The Oly Ds want to give Tom his bona fides in order to keep him in the fold and shove it in the faces of the Oly Rs. Getting Rodney to switch teams and win that seat was a real coup for them.

Posted by truthteller | July 18, 2007 11:18 AM

Thanks TT, it seems that there are many that wish to anoint DB again and I would like to see a primary
race. Don't know Tom certainly not promoting him at this time.

Posted by whatever | July 18, 2007 11:49 AM

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