As we’ve seen in the last few months, with this being his last year in office, President Obama has no f**ks left to give and he is showing the GOP his middle finger at every turn …
He has just announced that his 2017 budget proposal eliminates a $10 million-a-year grant program for abstinence-only education.
Ten million for absitince-only programs? As someone who lives in South Carolina and has seen, and continues to see, more than my share of pregnant high school girls, we know that abstince only programs do not work.
Knowledge is power. But Obama’s budget not only eradicates abstinence-only-until-marriage sex education funding, it also increases funds for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, maintains funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, and calls for a five-year extension of the Personal Responsibility Education Program.
Knowledge is power. And so I say, “Good on Obama” for arming young girls with the knowledge that, sure, while abstinence is the only 100% effective way to avoid getting pregnant or avoid STDS and HIV and such, there are some girls who do have sex and who need to know their other options, such as birth control, for both themselves and their partners.
It’s smart; it’s sensible; it’s completely Obama.
But, best of all, and this is just me being all shallow and stuff, is that knowledge that somewhere in Wasilla, Alaska, in a house littered with booze and guns and animals pelts, Blister Palin, single mother to two children from two different Baby Daddy’s, is lying on a bed, her mother, the Mama Grizzly Bore™, applying cold compresses to her forehead, is moaning:
“How will I make a living now if I can’t talk about how abstinence only is the best policy?”