President Obama Is Doing Our Kids a Huge Favor by Cutting Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Funding

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Thanks, Obama! No, really, thank you, from the bottom of my mommy heart -- because the president is making history by announcing the removal of all funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage education from the federal budget. About time! 

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Do I want my daughter to have sex before she's ready? No. Do I want her to learn everything she needs to know to keep herself safe and healthy -- in body and in mind? Damn right I do. Which is why I don't want her -- or any kid -- to be receiving useless abstinence-only "education" that does NOT WORK. And I sure as heck don't want my tax dollars going to that nonsense!

In a press release, Jesseca Boyer, the head of of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, states: 

After three decades and nearly $2 billion in federal spending wasted on this failed approach, the president's proposed budget increases support for programs and efforts that seek to equip young people with the skills they need to ensure their lifelong sexual health and well-being.

TWO BILLION DOLLARS. Two billion dollars! I can't ....

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As Mic.com points out, "research has shown that educating children about sex has no correlation with earlier onset of sexual activity and sometimes even delays sexual activity." They also note this fun fact: Teens who receive comprehensive sex ed are 60 percent less likely to get pregnant, or get someone else pregnant.

This is pretty simple math here, people, and I hope to goodness the Republicans in Congress pass this budget proposal when the time comes. After all, as Bustle.com points out, "more than 80 percent of Americans support a blended sex-ed curriculum that emphasizes the benefits of abstinence without ignoring the practical lessons of condom and contraceptive use."

And there you have it, ladies and gents, moms and dads. The vast majority of us know that we have to balance the ideal with the practical. While we encourage our daughters and sons to follow their hearts, to be true to themselves, and to have integrity and self-confidence, we still have to give useful, important life lessons and tools to our children, every step of the way. Even if it makes us uncomfortable, even if it makes us blush.

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Because one way or another -- with or without us -- they are going to grow up. Don't we want them growing up armed with every bit of knowledge we can give them?

 

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