Monday, October 5, 2009

Political compromises on sex ed

I'm an ardent moderate, but I find the administration's compromises counterproductive. Obviously the stimulus compromise didn't work: the bill was watered down, and virtually no Republicans voted for it anyhow.

If the health bill passes, the sex education situation will go to $50 million for abstinence-only education, $50 million for evidence-based comprehensive sex education, and $25 million for experimental comprehensive sex education. That's not compromise. That's going also against popular opinion: 52% of even politically "very conservative" parents favor teaching birth control in schools, and 89% of the general population of parents. Just as most of the public and most physicians favor the public option, but that doesn't make it into policy either.

More importantly, it's going agsinst the findings of the Congressionally-mandated study finding that abstinence-only sex education doesn't work.

They're not listening to either the public or the researchers they hired.

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