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Take Action Today! PEPFAR Reauthorization- End the Pledge!

I'm reposting this important alert from Bound, Not Gagged. I promise I'll have my own real, original post up here soon!

We need your help again! Members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (HCFA) will gather this Wednesday, February 27, to make amendments (”known as markup”) to the PEPFAR reauthorization draft bill prepared by Congressman Berman, Acting Chairman. We must urge committee members who support the Chairman’s bill to attend the entire markup and keep the pressure on all HCFA members to support the bill. Please call members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs TODAY.As you know, the Chairman’s draft bill makes several critical improvements to U.S.-funded HIV prevention policy in order to better address the real-life needs of women and girls. It strikes the ideologically-driven requirement that 33% of prevention funds be spent on abstinence-until-marriage programs, removes the anti-prostitution pledge, and emphasizes the integration of HIV and AIDS programs with family planning programs. However, these hard-fought, life-saving provisions are in jeopardy. A small yet vocal opposition is ready to make amendments during markup that would roll back the advancements in the Chairman’s bill. Your phone calls will help ensure that these vital improvements to prevention policy remain in the bill during committee markup.

Take action NOW!

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Abstaining From Abstinence-Only

Abstinence-only "education" programs are one of the misbegotten, cancerous ideas to be foisted on the American school system in my lifetime, and probably far beyond that. The entire pedagogical theory has been debunked as thoroughly as the "Intelligent Design" nonsense, and more than once.  But because we figure that nothin' says lovin' like filling your kids up with shame and ignorance about their genitals, Congress has kept shovelling money at programs that tell kids that contraception doesn't work, that sex will soil their precious "purity," and monogamous heterosexual marriage is the only way to go when it comes to doing the horizontal bop.

Fortunately, the Washington Post brings us some good news on this front:

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Abstinence Education: It Doesn't Work

Just in case there are some people who need to hear it again: abstinence-only programs just don't work.

WASHINGTON - Programs that focus exclusively on abstinence have not been shown to affect teenager sexual behavior, although they are eligible for tens of millions of dollars in federal grants, according to a study released by a nonpartisan group that seeks to reduce teen pregnancies....

The report, which was based on a review of research into teenager sexual behavior, was being released Wednesday by the nonpartisan National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

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