Sunday, September 23, 2007

Abstinence Only???? You've got to be kidding!

Yeah NY at least we do some things right! I read about this in Our Bodies Our Blog:

New York Just Says No: Kudos to New York for joining at least 10 other reality-based states that have just said no to federal grants for abstinence-only sex education. The decision was announced Thursday by the state health commissioner, Dr. Richard F. Daines, reports The New York Times.

You've got to read the quote below, it is so right on!

In a statement posted on the Health Department’s Web site, Dr. Daines said, "The Bush administration's abstinence-only program is an example of a failed national health care policy directive." He added that the policy was "based on ideology rather than on sound scientific-based evidence that must be the cornerstone of good public health care policy."

The state had also spent $2.6 million annually to fund the same programs over the last decade. That money will now be spent on other existing programs for sex education, Dr. Daines said in an interview.

Working in the health care field I know that talking about abstinence is important, but it absolutely cannot be the only form of birth control we discuss. It just blows my mind that we have let President Bush get away with this ridiculous view on sexual health.

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