Tuesday, July 21, 2009

One More Reason To Celebrate The End of the Bush Era

The Center for Disease Control's Press Release, issued on July 16th, states that reproductive health and education for teens and people in their twenties has immensly improved since Bush left office. The report found there were approximately 745,000 pregnancies among U.S. females under the age of 20 in 2004, one third of adolescents had not received instruction on methods of birth control before age 18, and Syphilis cases among teens and young adults aged 15-19 and 20-24 years increased in both males and females.

Not only were the resources limited, the ones that were available were WRONG! When schools did recieve sex-education it was usually in the form of scare-tactics, basically saying, you can do this but your probably still going to pay for your irresponsible and bad choices. Feministing discovered that a book called, In Me, My World, My Future was used in public schools across the country. This book taught that birth control pills can cause infertility later in life. And the book ALSO said that condoms cause cancer? Wow, no wonder the rise of teen pregnancy and we now get the privledge of watching shows like 16 and Pregnant on MTV . Thanks to the Bush administration spending a decade "abstaining" from delivering correct information to the public, it is evident that no form of abstaining really works when concerning sexual matters.

Hopefully, even the farthest of right are starting to comprehend that, guess what, people are going to have sex, whether you want them to or not. Ask Bristol Palin.
Therefore, with this new 111th Congress, hopefully the healing can begin and correct information can begin to be distributed. And I hope this has to go without mentioning on a feminist blog, but the illimination in funding for abstinence only sex ed programs, Im sure does not hurt our chances at a better, more sexually educated, healthier youth.

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