It's completely fascinating to me the differences in state culture and politics. In Maine, the discussion focused on providing birth control prescriptions to middle-schoolers while other states are fighting to keep their socially conservative abstinence-only-until- marriage sexual education programs. For example, as reported by the ACLU, materials from an abstinence-only-until-marriage program used recently in Alabama state, “[S]ame sex ‘unions' cannot provide an adequate means of achieving a genuine physical relationship with another human being because this type of ‘union' is contrary to the laws of nature.”Ouch.
3. Then there are the interesting federal politics at play, as states are choosing to accept (or avoid) federal funds for the Community-Based Abstinence Education Program.
My favorite part of the CBAE requirements:
D. Teaches that a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is the expected standard of human sexual activity.
So we can have a federal standard for human sexual activity but not for math or science?
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Not Your Typical Reaction to the Middle School Birth Control Mess
From Fordham Fellow Cait Farrell: