Abstinence advocate has egg on his face
Whoops! Republican lawmaker’s 17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant
DR BILL Cassidy, a state Senator from Louisiana and an evangelical Christian who promoted legislation to teach “abstinence-only” sex education in schools, has announced that his own unmarried high school-aged daughter got knocked up.
Making the best of a bad situation, Cassidy released a statement announcing that he was to be a grandfather and expressing his support for his daughter during this “challenging” time:
Earlier this year, Laura and I learned we will become grandparents this summer. Our children have been the greatest blessing of our lives and we welcome our grandchild as a joyous addition to our family. Our daughter now faces a more challenging future than her peers. She has our unconditional love and support.
Last year, he co-sponsored the Abstinence-Only Reallocation Act, which would award grants and special funding to public and private schools which stuck to teaching only abstinence instead of a more comprehensive lesson plan on sexual behavior.
Louisiana is one of the leading abstinence-only promoters in the country. In roughly one-third of all schools in the state, students are taught exclusively abstinence. No safe sex. No birth control. Nothing but “Don’t do it.”
According to this report:
It might explain why Louisiana currently has the 6th highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation. And while most of the country has been seeing major declines in teen births, Louisiana’s has hardly changed.
Not surprisingly, 90 percent of Lousiana’s population identify as Christians.
A study of teen sexual behavior has shown:
States that prescribe abstinence-only sex education programs in public schools have significantly higher teenage pregnancy and birth rates than states with more comprehensive sex education programs, researchers from the University of Georgia have determined.
The researchers looked at teen pregnancy and birth data from 48 U.S. states to evaluate the effectiveness of those states’ approaches to sex education, as prescribed by local laws and policies.
Said Kathrin Stanger-Hall, assistant professor of plant biology and biological sciences in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.
Our analysis adds to the overwhelming evidence indicating that abstinence-only education does not reduce teen pregnancy rates.
Cassidy’s approach to sex coming back to haunt him puts him in good company within the Republican ranks. Sarah Palin, half-term Governor of Alaska and now full-time reality TV show star, dealt with a similar situation when her daughter, Bristol, became pregnant at 17.
Later, in an interview about her pregnancy on CNN, Bristol admitted that teaching teens abstinence and avoiding the topic of birth control or safe sex is
Not realistic at all.
See our earlier report, “There’s nothing sacred in virginity”.