I was shocked to hear a radio report this morning that Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania has decided to accept funding for abstinence-only sex education from the Bush administration for programs in school districts that want them. Re-defining the word "commitment", Rendell's spokeperson said that the governor remained committed to comprehensive sex education, but that certain communities, for moral reasons "or what have you", want abstinence-only programs.
Abstinence-only sex education often contains "major errors and distortions" (often called "lies" in the vernacular) and has been shown to be useless - kids exposed to it have the same sexual behavior as those who receive no sex ed at all. What it does is provide a purely political benefit for right-wing religious voters who hate sex, and wish to visit punishment on teens who engage in it. The radio report I heard claimed that new safeguards had been put in place to assure the scientific accuracy of the information that would be provided to the kids. Unless they intend to put monitors in every classroom to make sure right-wing instructors don't deviate from the text, I don't know how they intend to enforce that promise.
I am very, very angry at the Rendell administration right now.