Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Good for John McCain!

Searching the web I found this statement about McCain on a site that was bashing him and worshiping Obama, now I have no idea how old this is but I am going to share my opinion anyhow.

"John McCain voted against legislation that would have prevented unintended pregnancy by investing in insurance coverage for prescription birth control, promoting family-planning services, implementing teen-pregnancy prevention programs, and developing programs to increase awareness about emergency contraception"

What exactly are teen-pregnancy prevention programs? What do they involve? Is it basically a way for these young girls to receive free birth control, condoms, or be given more information on abortion? Does anyone ever just say "OK, today we're going to talk about abstinence, and about how the right thing to do is wait until your married".? Although I don't know for sure (and I plan on looking into it) I highly doubt that these topics are ever discussed.

Good for John McCain! Until the teen-pregnancy prevention programs are only being implemented to teach and promote abstinence and waiting for marriage without also telling these young girls "but if you choose not to wait here are some other options birth control, condoms, abortion, etc..." they should not be covered by insurance companies or the government.


Batjacboy said...

There's both a moral component here, which is obvious, and a practical component.

The moral component, as you noted Rita, is that neither the government nor insurance companies should be using our money to support that which is immoral.

The practical component is based on the fact that sex-ed was implemented 25+ years ago, and we saw a statistical increase in STDs, out-of-wedlock births, unplanned pregnancies, and abortion. Abstinence-only programs have been promoted only for the last 5-10 years, and government funding for them is 10-12 times less than for sex-ed (pro-contraception) programs. So at this point, we need more data before being able to make true scientifically based conclusions on the efficacy of the abstinence only programs, despite what you're told by the news media.

Aunt Laura said...

Very interesting.

Aunt Laura said...

I wish children these day were taught more about waiting until marriage. As a parent of two girls i have tried to teach them to wait and also not keep my head in the sand. I have always tried to tell them it is ok to just say no. I know that for teenagers it is very hard to be the one that is not. But i think if parenta are open with your kids and you love them and let them know that it is ok to say no then maybe kids will listen.

Anonymous said...

I think that the government should not be subsidizing anything to do with the informative teaching of sex, preventative pregnancy measures, or abortion. It is a completely moral issue for each individual and their chosen set of rules and beliefs. The separation of Church and State is what makes this country great, the government doesn't need to be stepping across the line in these and other questionable areas.

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