Just Say No

This past April, President Trump announced that funding for the government-sponsored Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs (or TPPP) will now take the same approach as teen programs aimed at preventing drug use. IOW, abstinence and parental monitoring.

Despite the fact that the CDC says teen sex is an inherently risky behavior, President Obama’s TPPPs required that teens be provided with all FDA-approved forms of birth control.

Planned Parenthood has filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Alex Azar (secretary of HHS), and Valerie Huber, the Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health.

No big wonder PP is pissed with Trump, since it profits so much from killing the STDs and unwanted pregnancies that result from the risky sexual behaviors they actively promote.

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One of the targets of PP’s lawsuit, Senior Policy Advisor Valerie Huber, said in a 2016 interview,

“Sexual risk avoidance is actually a term taken from public health. I bristle at the terminology ‘abstinence only,’ because our programs are so holistic. They contextualize a whole battery of different topics that surround a young person’s decision whether to have sex or not. Rather than someone telling a young person, ‘Do this, don’t do that,’ it’s casting a vision for a young person’s future.”

Hmm … kinda like explaining to teens that they aren’t animals who have to scratch every itch. They are human beings who can imagine their futures and make the choice to delay short term gratification to achieve long term goals. What a concept!


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