This Texas Democrat Is Speaking For 13 Hours Straight To Kill An Anti-Abortion Bill
Some people apparently still believe the best sex education is the kind that includes neither sex nor education.
In North Dakota, Arkansas and Texas, Republicans extended their vendetta against Planned Parenthood this year, bringing forth proposals to block the organization's effort to offer comprehensive sex education programs to at-risk teenagers. Lawmakers…
In Texas, one supporter claimed that it was impossible to entrust Planned Parenthood with sex education duties, because doing so would constitute a "conflict of interest" considering the group's role as an abortion provider. It was taken as a suggestion that she believed Planned Parenthood might miseducate teens in order to get them pregnant so that the the group could then make money off providing them with abortions. The bill hasn't passed yet.
Lawmakers in North Dakota offered similar arguments in favor of their version of a similar measure, while Republicans in Arkansas pushed through a bill that both defunds Planned Parenthood and effectively kills a comprehensive sex education program in the state's public high schools. The Arkansas bill also ends a state-funded HIV and STI prevention program, also administered by Planned Parenthood.
Critics have called this a terrible idea, partially because Arkansas already has some of the highest teen pregnancy and HIV rates in the nation, and partially because, duh.