Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Kaine cuts abstinence-only sex education

This is good news, a signal that the religious right has decreasing influence.

From, 1070 WINA Newsradio,

Gov. Kaine has cut abstinence-only sex education programs
Governor Tim Kaine has cut state money for abstinence-only sex education programs. The Democratic governor says recent research shows teenagers also should be taught about condoms and birth control pills to protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. His decision impacts only groups that offer federally funded sex education courses. School systems and organizations that did not get the money still can teach a locally based sex education curriculum. Planned Parenthood of Virginia had pushed for the policy change and is praising Kaine for joining a national effort to cut abstinence-only programs. The Old Dominion is the 14th state to refuse to endorse abstinence-only education.
It's good news, but it's only 14 states. There's still work to be done.
Of course, we wouldn't have this problem if education was privatized, but that's just too nutty an opinion to be mainstream.

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