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Abstinence-only, rebranded: Failed right-wing sex-ed policy returns as “sexual risk avoidance”

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I don’t see a problem with teaching both sex ed and abstinence only classes for youth. But teen birth rate is not truly dropping around the nation when you add States like Texas that are 40% above the national average and 1 out of 4 teens contract a STD. Hey some education is still needed – PB/TK

Abstinence-only, rebranded: Failed right-wing sex-ed policy returns as “sexual risk avoidance” – By Amanda Marcotte / June 12 2017

Thrice-married libertine Donald Trump got himself elected president by rallying the religious right vote behind him. The devil’s bargain Christian conservatives made with Trump is easy enough to understand: They ignore his history of sexual incontinence, including rumors of a literal “pee tape,” and he gives them more power over the sex lives of private individuals, especially young people and women. In office, President Trump has done just that, launching a multitude of attacks on legal abortion and contraception access.

Now it seems a third front is opening in the Trumpian war on other people’s sex lives: The return of abstinence-only education, which many Americans believe died off after George W. Bush left office. Well, abstinence-only is coming back, but this time around, its proponents hope that voters, especially parents, don’t notice the return of anti-sex religious propaganda to the classroom.

The first sign that the Trump administration hopes to ease more just-say-no-to-sex messages into the classroom came in late May, when the White House proposed a budget that would slash nearly every government expenditure, but would increase spending on abstinence-until-marriage programs by $277 million. Last week, it was revealed that Valerie Huber, the head of a pro-abstinence organization called Ascend, will join the Department of Health and Human Services as chief of staff to the assistant secretary for adolescent health, a position that will allow her to push for more support for abstinence-until-marriage programs in schools.

Continue to salon.com article: http://www.salon.com/2017/06/12/abstinence-only-rebranded-failed-right-wing-sex-ed-policy-returns-as-sexual-risk-avoidance/

 

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