I’m slowly getting caught up on my current events and I missed this MSNBC news item when it was published back on February first. It reports on a study commissioned by the Texas Department of State Health Services and carried out by Texas A&M University on the effectiveness of the state’s abstinence only sex education program. President Bush made these programs one of the corner-stones of his reelection campaign because he supposedly believes it’s the best and most effective way to curb teens having sex and the related problems that can come from that pastime. What better place to see if it’s working than in the President’s home state where he helped get such programs running?
Well, let’s just say it’s a good thing Bush doesn’t read newspapers because that way he can continue to claim the programs are very successful the same way he can claim that the Iraqi’s had weapons of mass destruction—by being immune to reality.
The study showed about 23 percent of ninth-grade girls, typically 13 to 14 years old, had sex before receiving abstinence education. After taking the course, 29 percent of the girls in the same group said they had had sex.
Boys in the tenth grade, about 14 to 15 years old, showed a more marked increase, from 24 percent to 39 percent, after receiving abstinence education.
Abstinence-only programs, which have sprouted up in schools across the nation, cannot offer information about birth control and must promote the social and health benefits of abstaining from sex.
Not only are these programs not working they seem to be making things worse, but that tends to be on par for this President. Let’s take something that’s not a good situation already and see if we can’t make it worse! Iraq? No problem. Social Security? In the bag. Teens practicing unsafe sex and getting pregnant or catching STDs? You can count on Bush to make it worse.
So let’s see what the score is so far:
Raging Teenage Hormones – 1
Texas Abstinence Programs – 0