Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Fifteen States (Including Ohio and Virginia) Turn Up Noses at Money For Abstinence Education

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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 8, 2008 ( - Fifteen states around the union each have scorned as much as half a million dollars in federal education funding because the money would have to go toward abstinence education that excludes a regimen of contraceptive-pushing lessons.

The program, forwarded by the Bush administration, is being snubbed by states that are caving to the demands of schools to push contraceptive education as the only effective method for discouraging teen pregnancies.

Abstinence programs across the country are distressed at the move by the governors, who don't seem to care about the tens of thousands of families who do not want their children to be indoctrinated with a contraceptive mentality.

Virginia and New Mexico were the most recent to say they wouldn't tap into the $50 million fund for state programs managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, behind states such as Colorado and New York.

The states prefer to leave education up to organizations such as Planned Parenthood, that have a vested interest in recommending contraceptives and abortions to teens.

My Comments:
I recall during my years living in the Commonweath of Virginia when then-Governor George Allen refused to take the federal Department of Education's Goals 2000 grants until Congress stripped the grants of their accompanying federal policy mandates. Governor Allen, a Republican, took a beating in the press for turning down "free" federal money for what were described as "ideological" reasons.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that current Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, a Democrat, won't take a similar beating by the media for his refusing federal abstinence education dollars in what can only be described as a purely ideological decision.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Ohio Governor Urged to Reconsider Decision to Reject Abstinence Funding

Ohio Governor Strickland Axes Abstinence Program

Because, You Know, When it Comes to the Pro-Life Issue at the State Level, It Doesn't Really Matter Which Party Gets Elected

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At 1/10/2008 6:17 AM, Anonymous youaresowrongitsfunnyandsad said...

*described as a purely ideological decision*

hahaha, you crack me up. and mandating abstinence only education isn't purely ideological?

and what about families that don't want to be indoctrinated about abstinence only mentalities?

and this focus on sex issues is hilarious. what about war? isn't that pretty anti-family? or poverty, healthcare, and consumerism?

you think God is on your side, but I guarantee God is sitting directly across from you all are standing. read the bible for once without the blinders on.

At 1/10/2008 8:24 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

"you think God is on your side, but I guarantee God is sitting directly across from you all are standing. read the bible for once without the blinders on."

You know, I must've missed that part of the Bible where God wants kids to be engaging in "safe" sex.

At 1/10/2008 3:13 PM, Blogger Cath said...

You are on a very sturdy limb, Jay. I haven't heard anything about this yet from any other source.

At 1/11/2008 12:03 AM, Anonymous youaresowrongitsfunnyandsad said...

no of course the bible doesn't advocate for kids engaging in "safe sex."

however, are there any direct cues on how we should deal with sex? sure, if you believe women are property of men, can be sold into marriages as young teenagers, divorced by their husbands if women "displease" their husbands. And did you know that the bible makes no reference to male virginity before marriage? they're just not allowed to have sex with someone elses "property."

Hmm shall I go on... so how is that God blesses so many children conceived or born out of wedlock. Jesus anyone? Sure sure he was conceived by the Holy Spirit, but still, Mary was an unmarried pregnant teenager. Just when you think you've got God figured out...

Listen, abstinence is not a bad idea. But teaching kids to fear sex and sexuality is not. And it is absurd to think that kids won't have sex if they receive abstinence only education. In fact, I'll bet you if you have kids, that at least one of them will have sex before they get married. I GUARANTEE it. I guarantee among your overly pious circle, people are having affairs. Sad, but true. But I sure hope for the sake of their spouses, future spouses, and society in general that at the very least they're using protection.


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