Is that a condom, Hillary? Are you over 20 and married?
Yesterday, I listed three quote-supported reasons why I love Josh Homme. Today, three quote-supported reasons why I
loathe strongly disagree with Robert Rector, a senior research fellow with the Heritage Foundation, and the Bush Administration’s abstinence-only policy, from this NYT piece, which reports that teenage birth rates are on the rise for the first time since 1991:
Reason #1: Absolutely zero understanding of women.
“Robert Rector, a senior research fellow with the Heritage Foundation, said that blaming abstinence-only programs was ‘stupid.’ Mr. Rector said that most young women who became pregnant were highly educated about contraceptives but wanted to have babies.”
Reason #2: Absolutely zero understanding of young people in general.
“We should be telling them that for the well-being of any child, it’s critically important that you be over the age of 20 and that you be married,” he said. “That message is not given at all.”
Bonus points to the White House, who cowered away from reporters and “did not respond to requests for comment” on this enormously expensive failure of a plan.