Rick Perry Struggles to answer Question on Abstinence - what seems to be a rather simple question turns into a bit of a confusing mess. Give this guy the nuc...
Holy cow, is this just dogma based denial or is he really as mentally retarded as he appears ? Teaching teens Abstinence is just bullshit, plain and simple. Teach them how to value their own body, give them the confidence to stand up to peer pressure and know themselves well enough to determine their own futures.
this Rick Perry guy, who ever he is, is just retarded.
The teen birth rate in the USA is 55.5 per 1,000. that is the highest in the entire developed world by a long, long margin. Slovakia has Europe's highest at 30 per 1,000 births,but then they have next to no sex education in schools. Here in Holland it is 7.5, one of the lowest. In fact I checked by log book (I am a midwife) for the last five years and I have not had one woman in her teens as a client in that time, the one I half remembered as being 19 turned out to just be 20 when she would have conceived.
Arguments from Authority, like, "Because I said so." are so dangerous. We have to be cognizant of the pitfalls of teaching blind respect for authority to our kids. Some of the "elders" that were siblings of my grandmother are assholes. My Mom recently took some verbal abuse from one of them. I wasn't there. When I asked her why she took it, my oldest cousin said, "Because we don't talk back to our elders." It's this type of beaten down thinking that leads to guys like Rick Perry being able to say, it works because it works irregardless of the facts. It endangers lives, and ruins many lives. An idiot or an asshole is such without regard to their age or position.
Of course abstinence works… well, unless you believe in the Immaculate Conception, then that goes out the window. Teaching that it’s the only viable option and not providing kids with alternative options and resources is just ridiculous.
Abstinence only ED is guaranteed to be as successful as a dieting chocoholic working in a chocolate factory.
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