Friday, May 8, 2009

Rachel Maddow Celebrates!: President Cuts "Abstinence Only" Sex Education Funding (Video)

Rachel Maddow celebrates another reversal of a Bush policy.

Certainly Maddow, who runs no risk of becoming pregnant the "natural way" (that requires actual intercourse with a man, of which clearly Maddow knows nothing), lacks any qualifications to be discussing sex.

She should take some advice from Bristol Palin who is strong enough and experienced enough to admit her mistake, yet mature enough to live with the consequences.

Bristol, 18, was announced on Tuesday as teen ambassador for the Candie's Foundation, a sex awareness group, and the following day gave television interviews and spoke at a town hall meeting in New York. Wednesday was National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

Bristol said: "I feel that I could be a living example of the consequences of teen pregnancy. [If] I can prevent even one girl from getting pregnant, I will feel a sense of accomplishment."

Jake Tapper reports:

Unwed teenage mother Bristol Palin might be out there talking about abstinence, but President Obama isn't buying abstinence-only education.

Two $100 million programs from his predecessor's budget pushing abstinence only are casualties in President Obama's $3.55 trillion budget proposal.

The President is replacing them with $110 million “for teenage pregnancy prevention programs that have been proven effective through rigorous evaluation," as spelled out on pages 490 to 495 of the budget appendix.

Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., applauded the move, saying "eliminating funding for ineffective abstinence-only programs is a win for science. The Obama budget proposal invests in programs that are effective and based on sound science, rather than wasting millions of dollars on efforts that have been proven to be ineffective at best."

Palin, meanwhile, told GMA's Chris Cuomo that "regardless of what I did personally, I just think that abstinence is the only way you can effectively, 100 percent foolproof way you can prevent pregnancy."

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1 comment:

  1. I think it's kinda cool that Rachel is concerned enough about a subject that doesn't affect her, she's not exactly going to be a pregnant teenager.
    On the other hand, surely Bristol Palin should maybe be preaching more about safe sex rather than just avoiding having sex, which anyone with half a brain knows that no teenager is going to do!