Sex Why Can’t Congressional Democrats Abstain From Stupidity?
posted by November 7 at 14:30 PMon
You would have thought that this April headline would have shamed the president and Congress out of pouring money into abstinence “education.” No such luck. Well, another study is out, this one from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, and they’re telling us something we already know: abstinence-only sex-ed doesn’t work.
Programs that focus exclusively on abstinence have not been shown to affect teenager sexual behavior, although they are eligible for tens of millions of dollars in federal grants, according to a study released by a nonpartisan group that seeks to reduce teen pregnancies.
“At present there does not exist any strong evidence that any abstinence program delays the initiation of sex, hastens the return to abstinence or reduces the number of sexual partners” among teenagers, the study concluded.
The study found that while abstinence-only efforts appear to have little positive impact, more comprehensive sex education programs were having “positive outcomes” including teenagers “delaying the initiation of sex, reducing the frequency of sex, reducing the number of sexual partners and increasing condom or contraceptive use.”
So bullshit, religious-indoctination masquerading as sex-ed doesn’t stop or slow teenage sexual activity. But comprehensive, realistic sex-ed does—and it increases the use of contraceptives, which means fewer abortions. We shouldn’t expect the religious wackadoodles to accept reality—not while evolution and an “old” earth are still keep them up nights—but surely Democrats, who criticized abstinence education as an expensive waste before taking power in ‘06, aren’t having it.
Wrong. Congressional Dems are preparing to throw more money at abstinence-only sex-ed—more money than George W. Bush asked for.
A spending bill before Congress for the Department of Health and Human Services would provide $141 million in assistance for community-based, abstinence-only sex education programs, $4 million more than what President Bush had requested.
We really do need a third party in this country—a real one, not one that exists solely to milk Ralph Nader’s prostate once every four years.