Thursday, January 03, 2008

Just say no

I really love these hidden news story gems that remind me the sands are shifting.

New Mexico is now the lastest state to come to their senses and reject federal funding for "abstinence-only sex education". A few short years ago, only four states (including California) rejected matching funds offered to states who agreed to Just Say NO to meaningful education about sex and sexual health. Since the 1990s, states have taken over one billion dollars to provide an unrealistic, unscientific, medically inaccurate failure of a sex ed program. Could this be why we have the first rise in the US teen pregnancy rate since 1991? And why the rate of teen abortions has risen? Maybe. Maybe not. One thing is for sure sure hasn't worked as advertised.

Excellent. Fifteen states have decided to "just say no" to federal money with dangerous strings attached.

May there be many more.


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