It equals a bunch of knocked-up teenagers. Profgrrrrl's 11/26 post does a lovely job of covering the Mad Cowboy's stupidass idea of funding sex-ed that teaches only abstinence, emphasis on the "only," God help us.
This week, I reviewed our school district's proposed junior high/high school sex ed curriculum. It's been revised to include abstinence as the "most strongly encouraged" method (guess why? Public outcry last year when the district wouldn't agree to teach ONLY abstinence, agh), but it still includes a full discussion of contraception, STDs, and emotional/social aspects of sexual relationships; all in all, it looks pretty good from what I can see. I am fine with encouraging kids to wait if the way you're encouraging them is (as Profgrrrrl described her mom doing) by giving them the facts about what's involved in being sexually active. The whole Puritan Hangover in this country gives me a headache, though. Especially when so many people get so holy about sex and abortion but god forbid we should educate kids about the natural act of reproduction! Or do anything about violence against women--no, let's make a requirement that women's shelters have to RECORD THE WOMEN'S PERSONAL DATA (you know, so that they're abusive husbands can track them down). Fine Janet Jackson's boob but show 50 murders a day as entertainment.
Wow, I'm starting to foam at the mouth. Time for a deep breath, more coffee, putting up the Christmas tree, and making a plan about what I might be able to do this week to work toward the good--maybe volunteer for Planned Parenthood.