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Senate Finance Committee Approves Amendment Providing Millions for Abstinence Education

Oh, FFS.  Really??

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday night approved an amendment providing tens of millions of dollars to fund abstinence education programs for teens.

The proposal, offered by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), would provide $50 million per year through 2014 exclusively for abstinence education programs. The measure would effectively reinstate the controversial Title V program, which offered $50 million per year to states for abstinence education, but prohibited them from tapping the funds for other sex-ed subjects like contraception. The same prohibition would accompany the Hatch amendment. ?Abstinence education works,? the Utah Republican said.

The vote was 12 to 11, with Democratic Sens. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.) and Kent Conrad (N.D.) voting with every Republican to secure passage of the measure.

The proposal?s success caught Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) off guard. The Finance Chairman had offered an alternative to Hatch?s proposal, which would provide funding to a broader swath of teen wellness programs, including those addressing contraception, HIV/AIDS, healthy relationships and financial literacy.

Abstinence education programs could be included in Baucus?s alternative, Finance Committee staff said, if it?s deemed a ?medically accurate and complete? strategy promoting teen health. Baucus, though, doesn?t think that?s the case. ?Abstinence education programs, I think, have been ineffective,? he said.

The Baucus measure passed 14 to 9, providing a rare instance of a Republican amendment and the chairman?s alternative passing the committee back to back. Baucus blamed the late hour for that anomaly. ?We?re getting to 10 o?clock,? he said. ?[Strange] things start to happen after 10 o?clock.? http://washingtonindependent.com/61415/senate-finance-committee-approves-amendment-providing-millions-for-abstinence-education

 

 

 

Re: Senate Finance Committee Approves Amendment Providing Millions for Abstinence Education

  • Well there's a humongous waste of tax dollars.

    Sheesh.

  • My goodness.
    "HOW many US citizens and ranchers have been decapitated in Arizona by roving bands of paperless aliens, and how will a requirement that I have papers on me make that not happen?"courtesy of SueSue
  •  Republicans claim the health care plan is too expensive I know one program that it is pointless, that could be cut and save money.

    One great example of how well absence program work is by looking at Palin's Daughter. 

    "By age 15, only 13% of teens have ever had sex. However, by the time they reach age 19, seven in 10 teens have engaged in sexual intercourse.[2]" http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_ATSRH.html

     

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     Republicans claim the health care plan is too expensive I know one program that it is pointless, that could be cut and save money.

    Agreed.

    Moreover, some Rs have floated the idea of setting up guidelines for physicians so as to assess the effectiveness of treatment as part of med mal reform.  I fully support this.  But they want to trust research and past experience for that while discounting ample studies showing that abstinence programs are useless.  Pray tell, how does one measure "effectiveness" in the health care arena?

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    Moreover, some Rs have floated the idea of setting up guidelines for physicians so as to assess the effectiveness of treatment as part of med mal reform.  I fully support this.  But they want to trust research and past experience for that while discounting ample studies showing that abstinence programs are useless.  Pray tell, how does one measure "effectiveness" in the health care arena?

    But but but....SOCIALISM!  Death panels!  Dead grannies!

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    Little Bridey Twist, begging for a bowl of Chobani. Just like in the orphanages of yore.
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