By Mari McGrath · September 30, 2009
The Senate Finance Committee has been in the news recently over their squashing of the public option in the health care debate. Don’t fret- it doesn’t necessarily mean a public option is dead. But that’s not the only thing they did this week. They also voted to restore $50 million in funding to abstinence-only sex education that the President has so rightly been trying to remove. This doesn’t mean the money is spent- the senate and house still have to vote on the measure- but it does mean that our lawmakers still think that these programs work.
Even Texas, TEXAS for crying out loud, has started to see the error of their ways. With pregnancy and STIs on the rise, Texas is about to implement “Abstinence Plus” programs that address birth control options. Forget studies that take years to compile and report data. Texas has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country and they have seen abstinence only programs failing their youth over and over again. If Texas can get on board, why can’t the Senate?