Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Abstinence only -- ha, ha, ha.

It is time for that phony program called "abstinence-only" sex-ed to be given the boot. Since the Bushies pushed it as a reward to its bible-thumper supporters, pregnancy rates for teens has climbed (see Washington Post). Of course, unless you are a fundamentalist or have no idea what sexuality -- especially teen sexuality -- is about, you would know instantly that the whole concept of abstinence-only prevention of pregnancy is inane.

Since about 1/3 of teenage pregnancies end in abortion, you would think that the folks who are so worried about abortions -- worried enough to force an amendment in the House healthcare bill forbidding insurance coverage with Federal funds -- would, maybe, try to prevent abortions by preventing unwanted conception. But no. Oddly enough, a lot of these folks think that contraception encourages sexual activity among teens. Thus, ironically, pregnancy and childbirth, which these people supposedly hold sacred, play the role, in their eyes, of an effective punishment hanging over the heads of young people who engage in sex -- somehow preventing them from doing it. Yeah, right.

Too bad this didn't seem to get mentioned in the healthcare debate about abortion.

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