Rear Window Ethics Rear Window Ethics: Abstinence! Abstinence! (and misinformation...)

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Abstinence! Abstinence! (and misinformation...)

The federally funded abstinence education programs used by 25 states and supported by President Bush have come under fire by House Democrats for spreading misinformation in their teaching materials.

One manual says, "The popular claim that condoms help prevent the spread of STDs, is not supported by the data..."

Another reads, "twenty-four chromosomes from the mother and twenty-four chromosomes from the father join to create this new individual"
(I haven't taken Biology since high school, but isn't it 23?)

Finally, one curriculum states, "Women gauge their happiness and judge their success by their relationships. Men's happiness and success hinge on their accomplishments."
(Wow, if I had know that I would be pretty depressed right now. I thought I had some great friends, a loving family and a lovely girlfriend that all made me happy. Oops.)

Look, abstinence-only pushers, no one disagrees with the simple fact that abstinence is the only 100% foolproof method of birth control. No one is out there stating that if you DON'T have sex you might get HIV. NEWSFLASH: Teenagers like to have sex. They like it a lot. They're going to do it, because they're curious, because they're rebellious, and because their hormones are shooting off like so many M80s in a high school plumbing system.

Tell them abstinence is the best, but for God's sake, try and protect them by teaching them alternatives so they don't drop out of school to have babies or die of AIDS. It's the least we can do.

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