Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Purity Insecurity

We have some grand news in this New American Century, which is starting to look a lot like the old American century. Way old.

It appears that girls living within the central hotbed of Dobsonian religiosity, Ohio, are not comporting themselves properly under the "abstinence only" philosophy:
CANTON, Ohio -- An Ohio school board is expanding sex education following the revelation that 13 percent of one high school's female students were pregnant last year.There were 490 female students at Timken High School in 2005, and 65 were pregnant....

The new Canton school board program promotes abstinence but also will teach students who decide to have sex how to do so responsibly, bringing the city school district's health curriculum in line with national standards.

According to the Canton Health Department, statistics through July 2005 showed that 104 of the 586 babies born to Canton residents in Aultman Hospital and Mercy Medical Center had mothers between the ages of 11 and 19.
Eleven. Nice. I'm guessing the trickle-down effects of those lovely Purity Balls haven't quite "kicked in" yet. And, of course, not selling condoms in Ohio's own United Dairy Farmers stores will surely send the right message. Soon. After all, Ohio is still overcoming decades of liberalism. It'll take awhile before everything gets right.


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