Activists Ask Rick Perry to Reduce Abortions by Adding Sex Ed to Special Session

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Per the rules of the Texas legislature's special session, Governor Rick Perry can add any agenda items that he thinks need to be addressed, with abortion taking a pretty comfortable lead over anything else.
Otherwise, any bills the legislators file right now are in free-floating purgatory.

In a show of optimism, the Texas Freedom Network today plans to deliver to Perry a petition of 5,000 signatures asking him to add comprehensive sex education to the session. Their approach is to argue that fewer teen pregnancies will mean fewer abortions.

"Given your stated intention of reducing abortion in Texas, you should support policies that give women and teens the information they need to avoid unplanned pregnancies. That means ending the state's promotion of failed abstinence-only sex education and installing policies that ensure teaching about birth control, along with abstinence, in high school sex education classes."

Back in February, TFN polling found that a majority of Texans, including women and Catholics, support providing access to birth control and family-planning material to low-income women. And 84 percent of Texans support teaching about birth control, condoms and abstinence in high school sex-ed classes. That support extends across "political, racial, generational, and geographic lines."

"In a state with one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation, replacing failed abstinence-only policies with more effective sex education makes a lot more sense than pushing divisive abortion legislation just to boost the careers of cynical politicians," said TFN communications director Dan Quinn in a press release.

Texas is one of five states with rates of more than 50 births per every 1000 teenage women. The Atlantic reports that teen pregnancy rates are higher in states where more people identify as "very religious," and, surprisingly, lower in states with high rates of binge drinking or marijuana use. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 22 percent of teen births in Texas are repeat births, the highest rate in the country.



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ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Hmmm, I guess Li'l Ricky makes a good case for birth control.  What I mean is what if his parents had ...

lisareneemerito
lisareneemerito

This is the first sensible thing I've in this debate.  The best way to reduce or end abortion is to NOT GET PREGNANT if you do not want a baby! 

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Yes, between Jeffress, and Perry whoring out to him and his mean-spirited swine, they are making Jesus proud.

Diane Treider
Diane Treider

It's past time to quit fucking asking. Time to vote the Texas Taliban OUT.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

If you want to actually educate teens on sex, do NOT spend the money on schools.  No one learns shit there.  If they can't teach kids to read, they sure won't succeed with rubbers and birth control.

ruddski
ruddski

Seems to me that the problematic communities have had the most sex education of any group in recorded history, and they STILL can't figure out why they have so many bastards underfoot.

EastDallasP1
EastDallasP1

Its cute that they think Prick Perry does anything for any reason beyond his own political gain.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

OOPS is a total disgrace.  Bitch wants complete control over the reproductive activities of Texas women, then refuses to cover one-third of them under an affordable healthcare plan.   

Guest
Guest

Perry will not allow anything that would make sense. 

Patrick Scott Patterson
Patrick Scott Patterson

Asking Rick Perry to actually increase something called education? Good luck with that.

DallasGuy
DallasGuy

@ruddski Sex education in schools has been gutted over the past decade. Then you throw in the assault on Planned Parenthood and there is a vacuum of accurate information out there that is readily available to these kids. They learn about sex from TV and their idiot friends. 

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz So... NOT doing something is now "complete control"?  I suppose laws outlawing murder, rape, theft, and battery are all "complete control" laws too, huh?

ruddski
ruddski

Is it Perrys fault that some people can get education by the pantload and still be proudly dumb as a rock?

ruddski
ruddski

Just so you know, "more education" is lefty code for "gimme more money".

iwearblack
iwearblack

@DallasGuy @ruddski  

If you toss WIC, Medicaid, etc., or better yet, give incentives based on households with fewer numbers of offspring, you might reverse the trend... When someone knows they'll get x dollars per kid every month for 18 years, there's no incentive to get fixed or take precautions, because they're getting paid not to...

dmtrousd
dmtrousd

Education is not a communist conspiracy.

iwearblack
iwearblack

@DallasGuy @iwearblack @ruddski  

Not cynical, truthful... I know people that actually think this way... Why work when you can game the system? I know a woman that has three kids, all from different fathers, receiving child support, WIC and Medicaid for each kid... The kicker is that she's not even raising the kids, they're with their grandparents... Its wrong and needs to be stopped.

DallasGuy
DallasGuy

@iwearblack @DallasGuy @ruddski That's a pretty cynical take on the situation. The first half of your statement was sensible, but then you destroyed your credibility by the last half of it. If people stopped being so judgmental and just used common sense to solve problems, we wouldn't have as many political "issues" as we do now. Focus on the solutions. Not judging others.

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