Unlike the Obama administration, which championed explicit sexual education programs in a failed bid to prevent teen pregnancy, the administration of President Donald Trump believes in encouraging kids to simply remain abstinent.
The administration has therefore chosen to shift federal funding away from Obama’s no-holds-barred programs to those that prioritize educating kids about the risks of teen sex and encouraging them to remain abstinent, according to The Hill.
“Projects will clearly communicate that teen sex is a risk behavior for both the physical consequences of pregnancy and sexual transmitted infections; as well as sociological, economic and other related risks,” a funding announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services published Friday reads.
The primary goal will be to encourage kids to “delay sex,” according to the announcement.
This represents a complete turnaround for the federal government, which Obama used for eight years to first expose children to everything from oral sex to bondage — and then encourage them to become sexually promiscuous young adults.
In a statement published last fall, HHS reported that Obama’s programs actually exacerbated teen pregnancy.
“Overall, of the 37 funded and evaluated [Obama era] projects, 73% either had no impact or had a negative impact on teen behavior, with some teens more likely to begin having sex, to engage in unprotected sex, or to become pregnant. Very few positive results were sustained over time,” HHS noted.
Thanks, Obama …
Democrats are of course incensed by HHS’ latest announcement.
“Both Democrats and Republicans have supported investing in evidence-based approaches to preventing teen pregnancy, so it is disappointing — and deeply concerning — that the Trump-Pence Administration is doing everything it can to undermine these investments in ways that take us in the absolutely wrong direction on this issue,” Democrat Sen. Patty Murray said.
Never mind that the evidence shows Obama’s pro-everything programs failed.
The reactions from liberals on Twitter were similar:
Looking forward to the increase in teen pregnancies. Just ask the red states.
— This is the Art of Ruin (@thepalacesburn0) April 20, 2018
Another cog in the plan to control women’s lives by getting them pregnant young and often. pic.twitter.com/UcGSiNSf6X
— m.little (@littlemanTrum) April 21, 2018
A study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine back in 2010 found otherwise.
“[Researchers] simply said delay. Wait a bit. Sex is serious. It has risks. And we just recommend you wait until you’re older,” Sarah Brown of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen, Unplanned Pregnancy revealed to ABC News at the time.
Researchers basically warned children of the risks inherent in teen sex and encouraged them to remain abstinent.
And wouldn’t you know it, the tactic worked! The fact-free Obama administration ignored this study, not surprisingly. But thankfully, we finally have an administration in office that actually appreciates FACTS!
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