Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Senate committee votes to restore funding for ab-only programs  

Horrifying piece of news. The Senate Finance Committee has voted in a 12-11 vote to restore $50 million in funding for abstinence-only education, the programs that have been proven over and over again to be ineffective in reducing teen pregnancy and STI rates. That's why a color-coded map of these statistics looks like this, in which the darker colors indicate the highest rates:

This is because many southern states are trapped in the same delusion that "just say no" actually works. But recently, even Texas was re-considering its abstinence-only programs. When Texas starts rejecting this "education," you know it's crap.

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2 comments: to “ Senate committee votes to restore funding for ab-only programs

  • November 6, 2009 at 4:56 AM  

    God do they really think that this works? The only thing that will work is an open dialogue with the adolescents and talk to them at there level.

  • February 15, 2010 at 8:14 PM  

    Being a teenager myself, I know that abstinence only sex education would do no good for me. Yes, we need to know the risks and dangers of having sex, but telling us that "no" is the only option is a horrible idea. Every teenager has a bit of a rebel side to them, and it's been proven countless times that teenagers are often more likely to push the authority and do things they are "forbidden" to do. By spending millions of dollars on this kind of education, to me it seems like they are spending millions of dollars to encourage teenagers to have sex.