Friday, June 08, 2007

Dems Funding Abstinence-Only Ed?

From the Daily Kos:

Today, the House Democrats will waltz into the mark-up of the Labor HHS Subcommittee and proudly present a bill that puts their stamp of approval on domestic abstinence-only-until-marriage programs—an ideological boondoggle that threatens the health and well-being of America's youth.

The most appalling aspect of this sell-out is that that the Democrats will not only fully fund the worst of the failed abstinence-only-until-marriage programs—they'll give them a $27 million increase—the first in three years!


What in the hell are Obey and Pelosi thinking on this one? Study after study has shown that abstinence-only education not only doesn't work, but is harming the health of young people. This is just insane.

More here.

Insane is right, but then, I've come to expect no less from the Democrats. The Daily Kos post speculates that they're trying to avoid controversial social issues in order to make some headway elsewhere, like Iraq and the economy I suppose, but my guess is that if the "abstinence only" meme hadn't already taken on a weird life of its own, there wouldn't be much willingness on the part of the so-called liberal party to support such a stupid and life-threatening bill.

When it comes to policy and public discourse on sex, this country is downright mentally ill.