Saturday, July 12, 2008

Result of the Bush Administration's "Abstinence Education": Teen Pregnancy at 15-year High

The teen pregnancy rate is up for the first time since 1991 according to a report released Friday by the National Institutes of Health.

Fox News
Between 2005 and 2006, the number of teenage girls between the ages 15 to 17 having babies rose by more than 5,700 to 138,920, from a record low of 133,138, according to an annual report on the health and well-being of children and teens published by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.
After so many reports on the failure of the Bush Administration's abstinence ed programs, after $1.5 billion in public funds, we now see the result.
“The tragedy is not simply the waste of taxpayer dollars, it is the damage done to the young people who have been on the receiving end of distorted, inaccurate information about condoms and birth control. We have been promoting ignorance in the era of AIDS, and that’s not just bad public health policy, its bad ethics”.

--James Wagoner, President of Advocates for Youth

Check this out -

RH Reality Check:
Using membership dues paid in part by federal tax dollars, the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) hired the Washington, DC, public relations firm, Creative Response Concepts, best known for the 2004 "Swift Boat Veterans" ads against John Kerry, to launch a public relations effort supporting the failed and unpopular abstinence only education policies.

So, how do you get failed policies implemented? By a marketing firm specializing in propaganda of course. Lie to the American public - what the Bush Administration does best.