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  • Texas House Votes To Divert HIV Prevention Funds To Pay For Abstinence Only Education

    Despite the fact Texas has the third largest rate of HIV infection in the country, Texas House Republicans have voted to give funds targeted for HIV screening to abstinence only education. 

    Texas State Rep. Stuart Spitzer, (that's him in the photo above, posing with Ted Cruz, who he calls "my favorite senator,") made no secret of his intentions when he introduced a budget amendment that would take millions targeted for HIV and STD screening and give it to abstinence only (non)-education programs. He said it very plainly:

    "(My) goal is for everybody to be abstinent until they’re married."

    Democratic State Rep. Sylvester Turner, who opposed Rep. Spitzer's plan shot back:

    "My goal is for everybody to be HIV/AIDS free." 

    Things went rapidly downhill from there, according to the Texas Observer. 

    The floor debate was contentious and at times very personal. At one point, Democrat Harold Dutton asked Rep. Spitzer if he had any experience with abstinence.

    "I’ve had sex with one woman, and that’s my wife," said Spitzer, who volunteered that he was a virgin when he married - at age 29. 

    Rep. Dutton then asked Rep. Spitzer if that had been completely his own choice, sending the Texas House chamber into an uproar.

    The debate however, was not all frivolous. Democrats accused Rep. Spitzer, who is a medical doctor, of not understanding the ways STDs are spread, after he claimed you couldn't get one if you didn't have sexual intercourse. 

    "If you think you can’t get an STD without having sex, maybe we need to educate you on how to get STDs," retorted Democratic Rep. Nicole Collier, to which Rep. Spitzer replied "You can, but it’s awful hard through your clothes."

    When forced to face the inconvenient fact that Texas has the third-highest number of HIV cases in the country, and the third highest rate of teen pregnancy, Rep.Spitzer admitted that Texas’ abstinence education program "may not be working well," but said the HIV/STD prevention program received a lot more money than the abstinence only program receives, so it could afford to give some of it up. 

     "Does it bother you to know there are people walking around with HIV, undiagnosed?” Asked Rep. Dutton.

    But apparently Republicans do not. The vote on Rep. Spitzer's amendment was  97 aye votes and 47 nays on a largely party-line vote.

    After robbing from HIV and STD prevention programs to pay to keep Texas teens ignorant, the Texas House then went on to ban Planned Parenthood and other "abortion affiliates" from providing sex education materials in schools.



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    • commented 2016-04-18 01:12:46 -0400
      In case anybody actually thinks abstinence-only education works. This is just one study.

      A new report from the Guttmacher Institute shows that the nation’s teen pregnancy rate has increased for the first time in more than a decade. During that decade federal, state and local governments have spent billions of dollars on abstinence-0nly programs that deliberately exclude medically accurate information about contraception and other methods of responsible disease prevention.

      From Heather Boonstra, senior public policy associate for the Guttmacher Institute:

      “After more than a decade of progress, this reversal is deeply troubling. It coincides with an increase in rigid abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, which received major funding boosts under the Bush administration. A strong body of research shows that these programs do not work. Fortunately, the heyday of this failed experiment has come to an end with the enactment of a new teen pregnancy prevention initiative that ensures that programs will be age-appropriate, medically accurate and, most importantly, based on research demonstrating their effectiveness.”

      The Guttmacher study provides more evidence that promoting ignorance about sexuality and health is failing teens and their families across the country. A major report from the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund last year detailed the dominance of failed abstinence-only policies in Texas. Texas has one of the nation’s highest rates of births to teens and leads the nation in multiple births to teens.

    • commented 2016-04-17 13:22:30 -0400
      Does the Texas House have the legal right to divert these funds in this manner? Where did the funding come from in the first place? All to often, zealous legislatures find their decisions, especially about diverting funding, overturned in their own state’s Supreme Courts.

    • commented 2016-04-16 15:21:51 -0400
      because abstinence works so well! just ask Sarah Palin’s daughter.

    • commented 2016-04-15 22:38:42 -0400
      Wow! That’s rather like using your entire food budget hire a witch doctor to cast a curse on your next door neighbor to make him left handed.
      By the way, the statistics and many case studies from when idiots try this teach abstinence b.s. all clearly show teen pregnancy will increase.
      It’s almost as if teenagers might possibly have a streak of rebellion, experimentalism, and a lack of wisdom or something, especially when they haven’t been taught the actual risks involved, and any reliable methods to moderate such risks…
      Imagine that.

    • commented 2016-04-15 18:23:41 -0400
      97 MORONS in the Texas House Chamber guilty of negligence resulting in harm.

    • commented 2016-04-15 18:19:13 -0400
      Don’t be acknowledging your evil moronic vote to divert HIV prevention money to abstinence based groups, when a loved one comes to you pregnant and HIV positive. Stupid idiotic Republican morals will perpetuate Reagan’s gift to the US for allowing AIDS to go unchallenged until close to 30,000 Americans died from HIV/AIDS. The AIDS epidemic in the US flourished under Republican rule and once again they want HIV to weed out what they perceive to be undesirables. Well the undesirables in this case could be one of your Republican hypocrites of which there are millions and most of them in public office.

    • commented 2016-04-15 16:01:18 -0400
      Dutton rocks.

    • commented 2015-11-04 10:47:00 -0500
      In other words, the Texas House voted to thin the herd of people they don’t like because they are not going to vote for them.

    • commented 2015-11-04 02:31:43 -0500
      I bet this is another scam to get more money towards a republican politician because where all their money comes from, that or more funding for Ted Cruz’s campaigning.

    • commented 2015-11-04 02:28:22 -0500
      Nobody is abstinent anymore. This isn’t the fucking 1950’s anymore. I swear Republicans need to go to Eastern Europe or to Russia

    • commented 2015-11-03 05:03:51 -0500
      Ask Indiana how that’s going for them. How many great decisions can this party make in a year???? And people still vote for them!!!?!

    • commented 2015-11-02 23:28:48 -0500
      What decade is this idiot living in? A 29 yr old virgin? Is he a Mormon???

    • commented 2015-11-02 18:13:58 -0500
      What was the name of this bill?

    • commented 2015-11-02 11:15:32 -0500
      Think Bristol Palin! Abstinence only programs do not work, and any politician that thinks it does is lying to him, or herself and anyone who agrees with this type of non learning. We know that the areas with abstinence only programs have the highest teenage pregnancies and STD’s. So why would they ignore these facts and still push for this non program of telling kids to just wait until you’re married to have sex. Teenagers will do what they want to do, especially when their libidos are at their highest.

      @brenda, they are both!
      @daryl, LOL, love it, and so true.

    • commented 2015-11-02 10:27:40 -0500
      I can’t decide if they are just stupid or actually evil. My guess is that they are both.

    • commented 2015-11-02 08:31:31 -0500
      I’m surprised they haven’t gotten HIV, they’ve been "F"king the American people for so long….

    • commented 2015-11-01 17:32:32 -0500
      How did that work for Lousiana’s Rep. Cassidy®, the prime proponent of abstinence only programs? The one with the 17 yr old pregnant daughter?

    • commented 2015-11-01 13:39:54 -0500
      Who on earth elected these morons?

    • commented 2015-10-31 20:55:31 -0400
      Isn’t Texas also the state that has the high school that filled with chlamydia?

    • commented 2015-10-31 20:53:59 -0400
      Wouldn’t it just be easier to not have any form of sex education? It’d be a lot cheaper than lying to kids.

    • commented 2015-10-29 17:26:21 -0400
      So: In one brilliant legislative move Texas House wants to facilitate increases in both HIV infections and teenage pregnancies.

    • commented 2015-05-12 18:21:17 -0400
      How much funding could it possibly take to say “don’t have sex”? It doesn’t work. It never has worked. It never will work. Teens are going to have sex. Guilting them only makes them keep it secret from you and be ashamed. It’s a harmful attitude to have. Time to grow up and start actually solving problems rather than pandering to the ignorant.

    • commented 2015-05-09 22:24:04 -0400
      The “aim for success” abstinence only program they rep tells students “You can get as many STD’s using a condom, as you can without using one!” I know they say this to try to pursuance kids to stay abstinent, but kids take that as “If that’s true, then why would we use condoms when we have sex?” So there is your circular cycle as to why Texas has the 3rd largest pop of teen mothers.

    • commented 2015-05-09 12:47:27 -0400

    • commented 2015-05-08 21:38:10 -0400
      Myrna, you are right. Sometimes they get the message when it happens to their own family, but in recent times even that doesn’t phase them. For example, the representative with the openly gay son who wants to deny LGBT people their rights.

    • commented 2015-05-08 21:34:15 -0400
      So Texas want’s more People to get HIV/AIDS
      And wants more teens to get pregnant which Oddly would lead to more females getting abortions..

      These bigots really do need to learn HIV/AIDS is NOT a Gay Disease..

      “After robbing from HIV and STD prevention programs to pay to keep Texas teens ignorant, the Texas House then went on to ban Planned Parenthood and other “abortion affiliates” from providing sex education materials in schools."

      Republicans are being so damn stupid..

    • commented 2015-05-08 20:55:32 -0400
      Well, look on the bright side they may just kill each other off due to their own stupidity. Everything is BIG in Texas even ignorance.

    • commented 2015-05-08 19:41:48 -0400
      I wouldn’t ordinarily say something like this but for these dick wads I hope one of their kids contracts HIV. They clearly don’t care about anyone else’s

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