The nation’s capitol is swirling today with talk of the impending retirement of another veteran lawmaker, David Obey (D-Wisc.). His retirement could have major implications for reproductive health issues in the House.
The National Abstinence Education Association is lobbying Congress today – despite the colossal failures of abstinence only programs. Send a letter to your Congress person asking them to defund abstinence only programs.
House Democrats increased funding for abstinence-only programs last week just in time for a new non-partisan report that reveals abstinence-only programs are not effective at reducing teen pregnancy and STD rates.
Today, the Democratic controlled Labor HHS Appropriations conference committee report includes the full increase requested by President Bush for abstinence-only programs. Let’s call that what it is: a stunning disgrace.
In one fell swoop, President Bush tells children he won’t ensure they receive health care – but he will make sure they’re at risk for sexually transmitted infections as a result of the abstinence-only programs his administration will continue to fund.
Is this the middle-ground of reproductive rights in which Hillary Clinton believes so strongly? Or are the Democrats leading us down a slippery-slope?