Better sex-ed |

Better sex-ed

I have six daughters and Bush’s abstinence program would work only if all daughters had led a cloistered and sheltered life or lived in a monastery. Such is not the case for well-rounded teenagers in America.

A small but agressive minority of religious right-wingers has dominated recent dialogue on sexual education at the expense of our teens. The Bush administration continues to pander to this frothing base by spending millions of dollars on unproven abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.

Teenagers are going to have sex and it is ignorant to think that if you show them pictures of aborted fetuses and of herpes on genitals they’ll magically stop being sexual.

Teenagers need trusted and open-minded adults, family, counselors and teachers with whom they can discuss the subject of sex. Bush’s focus on abstinence is symtomatic of 19th century programs based on denial.

Ron Lowe

Nevada City

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