Thursday, February 25, 2016

Obama To Cut Funding For ‘Abstinence-Only’ Sex Education

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?”


Biki Honko said...

Blister should have taken Foster Friess's advice, "This contraceptive thing. My gosh, it's so inexpensive. Ya know, back in my days they used to use Bayer Aspirin for contraceptives. The gals would stick it between their knees and it wasn't that costly."

the dogs' mother said...

Best abstinence suggestion I ever got
was from a juvie resident (during their
eternal game of shock the teacher) - 'only have
sex with chickens and sheep.' oh. gawd.

anne marie in philly said...

blister is a damn fool. and her ho mama ain't no better.

Fearsome Beard said...

Blisters are avoidable through proper education, not through ignorance. People ignorant of friction will still risk getting a blister to wear pretty non-sensible shoes. Blister Palin is proof.

Toni said...

There has been abstinence only sex education for years and our current birth rates report 47% of births are to single women.

Bea said...

Even in the face of proper sex ed a la 1980s California public schools, I still knew my fair share of girls who got pregnant before even graduating high school. Two of them were my good girlfriends. Good on Obama for cutting funding to programs that do not work. Abstinence-only 'sex ed' is a recipe for disaster.

Helen Lashbrook said...

Prevention through education or early intervention is the cheapest, easiest and most effective way to deal with the majority of ills that beset the world. And still prevention is denuded of funds as an easy way to save money. Shame Obama didn't get the message in 2009 and cut out this abstinence fake education rubbish back then

Sadie J said...

Our school implemented an abstinence-only program with my daughter's class. I said there would be an upsurge in teen pregnancies at the parent meeting. I wish I had been wrong, but time proved me right.