Yesterday, not one Republican in the House of Representatives voted to protect the lives of infants and unborn babies from the toxic effects of coal sludge in their mother’s drinking water. How is that Pro-Life?
These traditions don’t hold, as the Southern Baptists do, that moral status is a simple, all or nothing thing of purity or damnation. They teach a more practical morality that takes context into account.
Take the 200 million tax dollars spent on ineffective abstinence-only education, and reinvest it in comprehensive sex education programs that will encourage teenagers to use birth control when they do have sex, and our economy will benefit significantly from reduced levels of teenage pregnancy and parenthood.
Blocking access for sexually active teenagers to contraceptives is part of the Republican Party platform. If the Republicans are allowed to keep control of the White House, there are going to be a lot more teenage mothers like Bristol Palin.
. I know that, when it comes to my own daughter, I’d like for her to know all the facts about sex before she gets to the point where she is making the decision about whether she will have sex. I expect to be a part of that education, but our local school district needs to play a part in the process too, as I’m not so naive to believe that my daughter will always come to me or her mother to talk about her personal worries.