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Friday, April 01, 2005

Stem Cells, Sex, & Lies

Both the State Senate and House of Massachusetts approved a stem-cell research measure on Wednesday. It is expected to be vetoed by Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Moron). The State Congress expects to have enough votes to override his veto and pass the measure. [NYT] [Boston] [Boston2]

The Center for American Progress has a great review on the Stem Cell debate in Massachusetts (and in the US). [CAP]

This would be really hilarious if it weren't so scary. A government website is presenting extremely biased information about the benefits of abstinence-only education, stating that "The only sure way to avoid STDs is to wait until marriage to have sex, choose a partner who has also waited or who is uninfected and share a faithful life together."
But then they also post this gem: "A homosexual is a person who prefers sexual contact with people of the same sex... If you believe your adolescent may be gay, or is experiencing difficulties with gender identity or sexual orientation issues, consider seeing a family therapist who shares your values to clarify and work through these issues." [Kos] [CNN] [Site]

I'm down with abstinence. I think it is an important thing that should be taught to everyone. But, you can't teach them abstinence alone! You have to prepare them for what is REALLY out there, and that means teaching them to protect themselves if they are going to engage in sexual activity.
But, I don't want my tax dollars funding this. And: "Never mind the study that showed that teens who pledge abstinence are not only almost as likely to be infected with an STD, but they're also more likely to have anal or oral sex."

Take the Bush test on sex! [Pro-Choice Action] [Test Results] [Take Action]
The results of the Waxman (D-CA) study on abstinence-only programs. [pdf]

More on "Curveball." It's not just a baseball pitch anymore! [Yahoo]

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