Thursday, March 7, 2013
Speaking of disdain for evidence
The Abstinence Education Reallocation Act, introduced by Representatives Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) and Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) seeks $550,000,000.00 over five years. The Reallocation Act is intended to limit the information teens get about topics which make religious folks uncomfortable – contraceptives for example. However the evidence says such efforts are a waste of time and money. This should be enough reason to stop this bit of legislative trash. This is especially true in these times of endless yammering about cutting wasteful government spending. Typical among the evidence is study by the Department of Health Services, University of Washington which concluded “Teaching about contraception was not associated with increased risk of adolescent sexual activity or STD. Adolescents who received comprehensive sex education had a lower risk of pregnancy than adolescents who received abstinence-only or no sex education.” The preponderance of evidence says “abstinence only” programs don’t work. But people are conditioned by the religious-industrial complex to believe what is comfortable to believe rather than actual facts. So there is a public debate when there should be none – and that debate is poisoned by misinformation churned out by the religious-industrial complex.