Sunday, December 27, 2009

Abstinence-only education is a minor "hostage" of the health care debate


Rob Stein has an article on p A3 of the Washington Post Sunday Dec. 27, “Abstinence programs seen as at risk”, link here. There are vague provisions in both the Senate and House health care reform bills to let states continue some sex education in health and physical education classes.

I might as well give the link for the National abstinence Education Association as another example of a pressure group with a single issue, with a focus that may distort the bigger problems.

Abstinence education cuts both ways. Yes, you want to tell teenagers not to make babies before they are old enough and ready to earn a living and support a family. But saying that marriage should monopolize sexuality implies that having a family eventually is essentially a moral obligation of life.

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