Obama to scrap funding for abstinence...

Obama to scrap funding for abstinence-only programs

There are 2109 comments on the www.guardian.co.uk story from May 8, 2009, titled Obama to scrap funding for abstinence-only programs. In it, www.guardian.co.uk reports that:

President Barack Obama faces a Republican backlash over his plan to scrap one of the most divisive policies left over from the Bush era: education programs for teenagers that promote only sexual abstinence.

The decision, which emerged last night when details of Obama's budget for next year were published, will see $138m a year redirected from abstinence-only programs to "evidence-based and promising teen pregnancy prevention programs."

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Since: Mar 09

Kansas City, MO

#1 May 8, 2009
Palin's kid shows we need more than "just say no". And one way to prevent teen abortion is to put some meat behind teen pregnancy prevention.

Those who want that 138 million back for abstinence-only programs should see if we can get that amount back from Iraq.

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Since: Sep 08

United States

#2 May 8, 2009
Yep, I agree with Obama on this one, big waste of money, ask Sarah P. But, it should be included as a birth control method in sex ed classes, right along with the STD issues. I think the churchs should pick that cause up and adopt if they want it taught more rigoursly.

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“Love of $ is the Root of Evil”

Since: Sep 08

Gotham City

#3 May 8, 2009
Right.... how much money do you even need to tell people to "Say No" .... seriously....

If you NEED funding, to teach people how to "NO" ... then your obviously failing at your goal.

Saying "NO" is simple.... you just "SAY NO"

..... that is not sex education.
That is saying no to sex...

It's like drivers ed classes teaching people how to walk and run....
gods country

Australia

#4 May 8, 2009
i'll go and get some popcorn and come back, i want to see the fundies preach how kids shouldnt be educated

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Dorian

Woburn, MA

#5 May 8, 2009
I agree...those who want an abstinence only program should find proponents of it willing and able to fund such a program. This would be a good job for the GOP and Christian right.

Just 'saying no' did not work for drugs and won't work for sex either.
asdf

Russellville, AR

#7 May 8, 2009
I have to say that I agree with Obama on this one.... Parents aren't doing a good enough job teaching there kids what in the hell the REAL world is like... well let me rephrase that... MOST parents. Teenage pregnancy is very much out of hand and to many grandparents being parents again.
Patticake

Milwaukee, WI

#8 May 8, 2009
We want kids to be educated...properly...just saying no is not educating them...Republican backlash...bring it on...the republican party is out of touch and thanks to the last eight years, out of office...America is not as conservitive as the last administration wanted us painted...most people fall in the middle. That is why the time is ripe for a third party, a real party of moderates...
Lemming

Kissimmee, FL

#9 May 8, 2009
Report wrote:
Obama's decision to abolish the federally-funded programmes reflects changing attitudes in the US to more positive positions on a whole host of social issues from abortion to gay marriage, once hot-button subjects for the conservative right.
Yup - that's right. The US attitudes are changed to POSITIVE POSITIONS!

Just say "Yes" to abortion. Say "Yes" to gay marriage! And say "YES" to teen sex!!!

If peoples' attitudes are changing, it's only because that crap is constantly being shoved at us daily via the media, the schools, and the government.

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Mr Wordsworth

Mclean, VA

#10 May 8, 2009
Retro Deb wrote:
Yep, I agree with Obama on this one, big waste of money, ask Sarah P. But, it should be included as a birth control method in sex ed classes, right along with the STD issues. I think the churchs should pick that cause up and adopt if they want it taught more rigoursly.
So you are not going to whine unless we whine?

“Bernie Goetz is my hero”

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#11 May 8, 2009
He only agrees with one policy:

Stab the lil shyts in the soff spot and jerk um out one peace atta time..grrrrrrr

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Since: Jan 07

fort worth

#12 May 8, 2009
the system is obviously broken which is why he's trying to fix it !
Syn Holliday

Hacienda Heights, CA

#13 May 8, 2009
Say "YES" to PROTECTED sex, then the abortion issue is irrelevant. Unrealistically cry "Abstinence Only" and you're left with deciding between teen pregnancy or abortion. Palin's daughter could have ended up even worse, contracting something that could have killed her.

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Lemming wrote:
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Yup - that's right. The US attitudes are changed to POSITIVE POSITIONS!
Just say "Yes" to abortion. Say "Yes" to gay marriage! And say "YES" to teen sex!!!
If peoples' attitudes are changing, it's only because that crap is constantly being shoved at us daily via the media, the schools, and the government.
jo jo jo jo

Anchorage, AK

#14 May 8, 2009
Yes, What do these "cover" issues really represent??????????
Lemming wrote:
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Yup - that's right. The US attitudes are changed to POSITIVE POSITIONS!
Just say "Yes" to abortion. Say "Yes" to gay marriage! And say "YES" to teen sex!!!
If peoples' attitudes are changing, it's only because that crap is constantly being shoved at us daily via the media, the schools, and the government.

“Love of $ is the Root of Evil”

Since: Sep 08

Gotham City

#15 May 8, 2009
^^^

It's pathetic to blame "sex" on the media.

Sex has been going on since the beginning of time. So has gay sex, teen sex, and even abortions.

What the law should be focused on doing, is making and promoting safety.....

You can't stop sex. But you can promote safety so that people think about their actions and the repercussions of it before they do it, not after.
Patticake

Milwaukee, WI

#16 May 8, 2009
yes to abortion, unless you want to pay for the children being born who are unwanted and end up in a fate far worse then being born, like some foster care children do...yes to gay marriage because why should anyone care about who someone else marries and then of course you could always let them adopt those kids in foster care, they would be better off and people wouldn't have to abort.....teen sex...well it isn't a good idea unless you want to end up with std's, babies or maybe an abortion...I would caution against that one.

Since: Mar 09

Kansas City, MO

#17 May 8, 2009
FRONTERSMAN wrote:
It never worked any way...the bastard rate last years or so are 50%...thats a lot of Bastards..soon bastards will be having bastards..Obama may have intimate knowledge about this subject....If the bastards do not believe in Prayer,why in hell would they acknowledge a church.This to Obams knows of.No church prayer he,any way for 20yrs he did,but forgot..Selective Amnesia ya Know!...today, the greatest gift ya can give a child is a "DADDY"....Even Obama had one,or two ...or more in Loveland somewhere!!
This is prayer day,,you will find no bastards there praying,nor will you find Obama...its Above his PAY GRADE!!! It may be time what ever you are, a believer or not , to make a Wish,a prayer,may be in order for things to get better1...But heathen bastards ,with out fathers, Street walkin whore mothers,and a hundred weekend uncles,will never know of this!!...what Bull shit!...YUCK!!
If you cared as much about prayer as you try to act, you wouldn't be calling this babies "bastards". No child is "illegitimate" in my eyes.

Ask Palin if she is the grandmother of a "bastard" child.
Campfire stories

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

#18 May 8, 2009
Censorship is evil. If you don't tell kids the WHOLE truth, they will seek out and learn only half-truths taught by unqualified people. So, yes, teach them about condoms, BCPs, day-after pills, abortion, rhythym method, withdrawal method, and abstinence. Also teach them the failure rates of each and the consequences of being a parent at age 13 or 14.
godcountry Lies

Jonesborough, TN

#19 May 8, 2009
I am for comprehensive sex education, just telling teenagers to say "no" is not educating kids. Teens have sex and need to know how to prevent unwanted pregnancies. The GOP has tried just saying "no" to everthing for the last 3-months and it hasn't worked for them. Abstinence-only programs do not work, just ask Bristol Palin. What is needed is educating teens about all of the facts of having sex. Teens need the ability to make informed, intelligent decisions!
Fetch Boy

Ashburn, VA

#20 May 8, 2009
FRONTERSMAN wrote:
It never worked any way...the bastard rate last years or so are 50%...thats a lot of Bastards..soon bastards will be having bastards..Obama may have intimate knowledge about this subject....If the bastards do not believe in Prayer,why in hell would they acknowledge a church.This to Obams knows of.No church prayer he,any way for 20yrs he did,but forgot..Selective Amnesia ya Know!...today, the greatest gift ya can give a child is a "DADDY"....Even Obama had one,or two ...or more in Loveland somewhere!!
This is prayer day,,you will find no bastards there praying,nor will you find Obama...its Above his PAY GRADE!!! It may be time what ever you are, a believer or not , to make a Wish,a prayer,may be in order for things to get better1...But heathen bastards ,with out fathers, Street walkin whore mothers,and a hundred weekend uncles,will never know of this!!...what Bull shit!...YUCK!!
I think we may have a new biggest idiot on this site!! Long may you reign.
PS, Klan Meeting has been moved to 7:00pm tonight
lool

Clarksville, MD

#21 May 8, 2009
Finaly done that usless program.

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