Later in the debate, Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) said federal dollars should only fund sex education programs -- including abstinence-only ones -- in schools that have proof that they cut pregnancy rates. She noted that abstinence-only sex ed came along in 1981.
[Joe] Barton [R- Tex.] interjected that abstinence-only has been around much longer than that, at least since his dating days. "Every girl I dated practiced it," he said. "And it was very effective, because when I went to pick them up, their fathers reinforced it on me. So it does work and it has been around much longer than the 1980s."
"Maybe," DeGette suggested to Barton, "it was [practiced] on a case-by-case basis."
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Late night Congressional abstinence exchange
Congress abstinence debate had the following exchange: