Why is abstinence-only sex ed in the HCR bill?

Crossposted from Amplify

The Health Care debate is getting pretty messed up. Want proof?

Majority Leader Reid is using the health-care bill to restore funding for abstinence-only sex education programs that liberals (such as Mr. Reid himself) have spent the past three years trying to zero out. 
(via WJS)

 What! Senator Ried, WHY!   This is bad news. 

 Senator Harry Ried fought ab-only education for years during the Bush administration, and introduced the Prevention First Act to redirect money from ab-only programs to comprehensive sex ed. 

My question is why is ab-only back in the health care bill!?

The answer is that Harry Ried wants the bill to pass, no matter what, even if it sacrifices the public option and restores abstinence-only sex education.  He put back ab-only because he wants to get Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln and North Dakota's Kent Conrad to vote for the trillion dollar Health Care Reform overhaul.  In a political move, Harry Ried traded $50 million dollars in abstinence-only funding for the hope of Senator Lincoln and Conrad voting for HCR overhaul. This is not the way I want my government to work.

Ab-only is (almost always) a republicans issue, and Marcela Howell of Advocates For Youth said:

If Republicans aren't going to vote for this bill, I can't see why it should include their provision (WJS)

I agree completely. I hope that our elected officials get their act together and pass meaningful HCR that DOES NOT sacrifice comprehensive sex education, but it seems like that will not happen.  Please, Call Speaker Pelosi's and Majority Leader Rieds office today to ask for abstinence-only funding to be removed from the health care bill.  The capitol switchboard number is 
(202) 224-3121.  Call.  We all need to make our voices heard.  


This is troublesome, for sure advocate

Who in their right mind today in the 21st century does not know that "abstinence only" is a pipe dream? Kids today are having sex. It is not a mystery or something not presented every day by the media. The troublesome thing is, kids are getting pregnant and I have to totally agree with you that without sex education being taught in our public schools, we will see this increasing incrementally. You can not legislate morality and that is what the right wants to do. It is ignorance.

Hopefully this bill will not end up with that provision or if it does, hopefully it will not last long within it.

Even the older generation knows that aside from the relative few strict fundamentalists christians in our society, thinking like this does far more harm than good.


Because Democratic leadership in the Senate is beyond incompetent?

There's one error in your original post, teenadvocate.

Harry Reid is not a liberal. I don't think he ever has been, at least by my definition. Other than that, your post is spot on.

They should all be ashamed of themselves. Anyone who hopes for progressive support should vote against the bill as it stands - but that's not going to be what happens.