From Gary Bauer
Liberalism Is Hazardous To Your Health
After decades of the sexual revolution, the feminist movement, Planned Parenthood and “values free” education telling our kids to “explore their sexuality” and “if it feels good do it,” the adverse health effects of liberal moral values are becoming painfully clear. Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the results of a study on teen sexual activity. The findings were shocking. “At least one in four teenage American girls has a sexually transmitted disease,” reported the Associated Press.
Some of these diseases will stay with them for a lifetime. Some may cause cancer and infertility. Predictably, the Left used the report to condemn abstinence-based education and to demand more public tax money for condoms and birth control pills. Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, told the Associated Press, “The national policy of promoting abstinence-only programs is a $1.5 billion failure, and teenage girls are paying the real price.” But I have to wonder how many teenage girls had sexually transmitted diseases before American taxpayers were forced to subsidize Planned Parenthood?
But wait there’s more. Reuters reports today on another CDC release noting that syphilis rates are up for the seventh straight year. According to the Reuters story, “Homosexual and bisexual men accounted for 64 percent of syphilis cases in 2007,” and “Syphilis rates have been surging in homosexual and bisexual men in the past decade…” This is a major health concern because, according to one CDC epidemiologist, “Syphilis can increase the likelihood of HIV transmission two to fivefold.”