Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Strict New Guidelines for Abstinence Only Grants
ThinkProgress: The Admin for Children and Families (ACF) at the US Dept of Health and Human Srvcs announced new guidelines for orgs applying for grants for abstinence-only educ programs. So, in addition to being costly, inaccurate, and ineffective, the programs must now operate under a strict new definition of abstinence: Abstinence curricula must have a clear definition of sexual abstinence which must be consistent w/ the following: "Abstinence means voluntarily choosing not to engage in sexual activity until marriage. Sexual activity refers to any type of genital contact/ sexual stimulation between 2 persons including, but not limited to, sexual intercourse." And since it specifically says no sex until marriage, the guidelines explicitly define marriage as: Throughout the entire curriculum, the term marriage must be defined as "only a legal union between 1 man and 1 woman as a husband and wife, and the word ’spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife." So, in other words, if you’re single or gay, the Bush admin has decided that you should be taught to never, ever engage in any type of sexual stimulation — ever. Oh, so that must mean that the Bush twins should be celibate, right? Actually, it is too damn bad that George H.W. and Barbara Bush hadn't been celibate.