It’s not just that the conservatives made a mistake about Ab-Only–it is that the conservatives’ goal was never to reduce disease, never to fight the viruses and bacteria that parasitically destroy people’s health.
The goal was pork for conservatives:
Anne and Gordon Badgley, who received $9 million in federal grants for their nonprofit, Heritage Community Services, also set up Badgley Enterprises to market and sell their abstinence-only curriculum, Heritage Keepers. While Heritage’s IRS 990s are sketchy and marked by vague expenses, even a student loan repayment, they clearly show that the Badgleys pocketed $174,201 from the taxpayer-funded nonprofit by buying the curriculum from their own private company.
You could present the evidence of widespread STDs among young people to a conservative to change their mind about it, but it’s very hard to change a person’s mind when their salary depends on them keeping their belief.
You might try to blame this on George Bush, but his heir apparent, John McCain, wants to keep abstinence-only programs, wasting our money and growing the microbes.
The New York Times Web site reported the following exchange with a reporter in Iowa in March 2007:
Q: “What about grants for sex education in the United States? Should they include instructions about using contraceptives? Or should it be Bush’s policy, which is just abstinence?”
McCain: (Long pause) “Ahhh. I think I support the president’s policy.”
Q: “So no contraception, no counseling on contraception. Just abstinence. Do you think contraceptives help stop the spread of HIV?”
McCain: (Long pause) “You’ve stumped me.”
McCain is lying through his teeth here. In the 1960s, every sailor in the USN was taught how to prevent VD. But he’s going to keep letting the disease spread, if it helps him win conservative votes.
h/t d at LGM.