This is how karma works. Teaching abstinence as birth control to teenagers does NOT work, and this guy gets to reap what he sows.
GOP Rep. And Abstinence Proponent Bill Cassidy Has Announced His Teen Daughter Is Pregnant
July 6, 2014
I can’t help but feel a little bad for Bill Cassidy, the Louisiana Congressman currently running for the United States Senate. Rep. Cassidy is the co-sponsor of the Abstinence Education Reallocation Act of 2013. Among other things, this piece of legislation promotes “reserving human sexual activity for marriage” and to give hormone raging, sexually curious teenagers the “skills needed to resist the negative influences of the pervasive sex-saturated culture”.
Having to confront the reality that no matter how much you believe something, your beliefs don’t necessarily make it so, is a tough pill to swallow. According to nola.com,Cassidy–a dead ringer for Franklin Graham–has announced he is going to be a grandpa. It seems that a certain 17-year-old rising senior at Baton Rouge high school, and daughter of the congressman, has found herself in a, uh, you know, the family way, as they used to say. How’s that abstinence thingy working out for you there, Bill?
A quick Google search will provide overwhelming evidence that abstinence based programs are universal failures. Now Mr. Cassidy must face the results of that failure in his own family.
While no one supports the idea of teenagers having babies, young Ms Cassidy is fortunate to enjoy the support of her economically secure parents who will ensure that the new mother and child will receive the best medical care available. Both Rep. Cassidy and his wife are physicians. Certainly, the young girl’s life will now take a different path than the one she planned, and surely different from what mom and dad dreamed for their little girl. But those dreams and goals are still within her reach. She will likely finish high school on time, and I would bet her parents would see to it that college is available if she desires. It won’t be the path imagined but this unplanned pregnancy will not lead to a life of poverty and hopelessness as it would for some.
Yet for many other teenage girls across America an unplanned pregnancy, and who at 15, 16, 17 or even 18 or 19 really sits down and plans a pregnancy, is a ticket to a life of hopeless poverty. Often girls and their families, if they are lucky enough to have the support of a large family network, begin the trek on the promise of finishing school and getting into college or finding a good job and raising the baby on their own. Then the reality of life and the demands of parenting combine to steal all the life and energy from both mother and child. The reality of low wage jobs and struggling to put food on the table and provide medical care take their toll over the years, and if mom is really lucky, the cycle does not repeat itself.
Government funding of abstinence only education in public schools is policy based on religious doctrine and is unconstitutional. This whole notion of saving sex for marriage is a religious notion and not based on science. Sex is more than procreation. Unbelievably, sex can be recreation, or it can be a beautiful moment of love between to consenting human beings. The notion that sex is somehow reserved for marriage is only aligned to religion or to the idea that the woman’s body is the man’s property.
Abstinence is another example of the failure of Republican policy at the expense of the American taxpayer. Laws aimed at controlling sexual behavior as well as laws intruding into the reproductive rights of women are all based on the premise that sex is somehow dirty or deviant if done outside the religious definition of marriage.
The time is past to abandon the passion to write laws that attempt to prop up religious belief. A new call to reason should resound throughout the land. We should reject the continued assault on our Constitution by the theocrats and demand laws and leadership founded in science, logic and reason rather than basing our countries priorities behind those of a peculiar religious sect.
Money spent on comprehensive sex education will help reduce teen pregnancy. Money spent on prenatal care and well baby check ups, along with nutritional programs such as SNAP and WIC do more to help babies, mothers, families, and communities than any tax cut or budget trimming move the GOP has introduced in the last thirty years.