Sunday, December 4, 2011

Wisconsin Republicans Forcing Conservative Values and Lifestyle on Public

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Ostriches are not dumb enough to actually stick their heads in the sand.  That honor belongs to Republicans.  Scott Walker who ran on a jobs first agenda in Wisconsin, became one of the three (Kasich R-Oh, Walker R-Wi, Scott R-Fl) most reviled governor in the country, when he led an attack on union bargaining rights that angered the population.   This fall the governor facing rising unemployment numbers in his state called a special session of the legislature, called "back to work, Wisconsin".  "Back to Work, Wisconsin" is featuring as part of their "job creating agenda" a repeal of the states comprehensive sex education program to be replaced with, abstinence only sex education.  Senate bill 237 replaces a scientifically accurate, medically accurate and age  appropriate education about sex, reproductive health, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases.  The medically accurate program that was just initiated in Wisconsin schools this January was signed by the previous democratic governor.  Abstinence only programs have been a focus of many studies and they all come to the same conclusion: they are completely ineffective at preventing teens from engaging in sexual activity.  In addition, abstinence only programs leaves those teens who do engage in sexual activity completely defenseless against STD's and pregnancy.
Abstinence-only programs show little evidence of sustained (long-term) impact on attitudes and intentions. Worse, they show some negative impacts on youth's willingness to use contraception, including condoms, to prevent negative sexual health outcomes related to sexual intercourse. Importantly, only in one state did any program demonstrate short-term success in delaying the initiation of sex; none of these programs demonstrates evidence of long-term success in delaying sexual initiation among youth exposed to the programs or any evidence of success in reducing other sexual risk-taking behaviors among participants.
Five years of abstinence-only-until-marriage education, assessing the impact

Teenagers will have sex.  Our species profligate fecundity attests to our innate powerful drive to reproduce.  Attempting to stifle millions of years of evolutionary selection with a "just say no" policy is beyond lunacy. 

 87% of Wisconsin voters support requiring comprehensive sex ed instruction that includes information about both abstinence and contraception.
 72% of parents of junior high school students and 65% of parents of high school students stated that federal government funding “should be used to fund more comprehensive sex education programs that include information on how to obtain and use condoms and other contraceptives” instead of funding sex education programs that have “abstaining from sexual activity” as their only purpose.[1.]

Scott Walker and his republican legislators care not for scientific studies or about the general populations attitudes represented through effective and accurate polling.  Scott Walker and his cronies have a socially conservative message and lifestyle they intend to force on the public whether they like it or not, regardless if it is scientifically sound or not.  If Scott Walker and his republican cronies haven't done an effective job preventing the schools from educating teens about sex, sexual diseases and contraception, then theirs always the DA.  A DA in Junea county is warning teachers that educating students about their sexuality could lead to charges of contributing to the delinquency of minors.   The wisconsin legislature is also trying to pass a bill that would keep private health insurance companies from paying for abortions.
But Nicole Safer with Planned Parenthood says state and federal law already specifically prohibit nearly all taxpayer paid abortions. What the bill will really do, said Safer, is to take away abortion provided by private health care plans that people pay for with their own money. “Any where from 50 to 80 percent of private health plans do cover abortion services right now. That coverage is going to be taken away from women in their health plans. That’s what this bill is going to do: take away coverage in private health plans that individuals pay for with their own money.”
Fortunately, in the first 12 days Wisconsinites determined to recall Walker have gathered over 300,000 signatures.  They have 60 days to get the half a million signatures required to force a recall of Scott Walker. 
Do Wisconsinites want to live in the dark, and adopt a conservative lifestyle by rule of law?   We'll have our answer sometime this spring. 

[1.]Fact Sheet: Healthy Youth Act

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