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July 24, 2017

Trump Cuts Funding for Extremely Ineffective Teen Sex Education Program, and Media, Get This, Flips Out About It

They want to control our bodies!

Well, maybe. Or maybe they just don't see the point of pissing away tens of millions of dollars on teen sex education programs in which the students have unsafe/unprotected sex just as frequently as kids who did not attend any program at all.

Mollie Hemingway reports:

In response to the weak evidence of positive effects, much less positive sustained impact, Health and Human Services recommended defunding the program after June 30, 2018. A non-profit news site called Reveal News wrote a highly critical piece on the funding change, without mentioning the ineffectiveness of the programs. Many other media outlets followed suit, publishing one-sided stories that treated good intentions as sufficient proof of good-enough results for hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funding. Some media outlets falsely stated that the funded teen pregnancy programs have been shown to be effective.

“Trump’s hires at HHS were notably hostile to teen pregnancy programs that worked. Now they’ve killed them,” claimed one fact-challenged columnist at the Los Angeles Times. No media outlet mentioned the ineffectiveness of the programs, whether it was NPR, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Politico, Business Insider, The Independent, Forbes, Teen Vogue, or Bustle, even though effectiveness reports are right there on the agency’s web site.

After noting that, she goes through the studies proving the complete non-effectiveness of the sex programs (including the abstinence only ones). In only a handful of cases are programs effective even in slightly reducing sexual activity (or unprotected sexual activity, depending on the program's agenda) and only that for a short period of time -- after a number of months, sexual activity returns to what it was before, and just like kids who never went to these Let's Put the Taxpayer's Money in a Joker-Sized Pile and Burn it programs in the first place.

It's almost as if their agendas are spending other people's money and sexualizing teenagers and not, as they may claim, teaching teens to be "responsible" when it comes to sex.


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