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Meanwhile, in the United States of Gilead...

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PricklyBall Sat 21-Oct-17 23:31:39

Leaked memo on the Trump administrations plans for policy on contraception

So, whittle away abortion rights, remove Obama care and hence free contraception, enable firms to exclude contraception from their companies' healthcare plans for employees (while still permitting viagra), and now roll back sex ed programmes and replace them with "abstinence only".

Some stats from the article:
"Years of research shows that abstinence-only education fails at every single thing it sets out to achieve: it doesn’t delay the initiation of sexual activity, it doesn’t reduce teen pregnancy or STDs, and in some cases it can even lead to riskier sexual behavior. According to the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), students who take abstinence pledges as part of their sex education curricula are six times more likely to have oral sex and four times more likely to have anal sex than their non-pledging peers. These teens are also one-third less likely to use contraceptives and ten percent less likely to use condoms if they do become sexually active, which most do at some point — nine out of ten teens who take a pledge of abstinence from sex before marriage break that pledge. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that states and communities that place a greater emphasis on abstinence-only education also have significantly higher rates of STDs and teen pregnancies."

DJBaggySmallpox Sat 21-Oct-17 23:58:07

I'm horrified, and disgusted at people who want that system here in the UK.
In some States women's employers and landlords can be informed about their contraception, and refuse to hire or house them.

motmot Sun 22-Oct-17 06:54:36

Depressing and horrifying in equal measure

ChipsForSupper Sun 22-Oct-17 07:30:01

So how are men going to practice abstinence whilst at the same time grabbing them by the pussy?

MissMoneyPlant Sun 22-Oct-17 14:11:48

The thing that makes me most angry about the whole abstinence thing, is that all the focus is on girls, close your legs, blah blah. In reality, I suspect if there was some way to switch off teen boys' sexual desire until the moment the girl definitely wanted PIV, there'd be a sharp drop in teen pregnancy, underage sex etc...

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