Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Since encouraging abstinence is "dangerous"...

On teaching abstinence in sex-ed classes, Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick has a problem, echoed by such luminaries as Angus McQuilken, VP, Public Relations, Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts:

"These programs are prohibited by federal regulation from discussing the prevention benefits of birth control, other than to emphasize the failure rate," said Angus McQuilken, vice president for public relations and governmental affairs for the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. "That is a dangerously unrealistic and irresponsible approach."

Did I mention that PP makes mucho bucks from selling artificial contraceptives? And hey, if the "tiresome failure rate" kicks in, they can always scrape up, so to speak, on "fixing the failure."

Using McQuilken's logic, I propose the following "Safe Living" code for students:
  • Since you're probably going to drive while drinking, try and drive real slow.
  • Since the "walk" sign at crosslights is usually ignored, practice dodging oncoming vehicles.
  • Can't swim? Try and make sure there's a lifeguard on duty when you go, uh, swimming.
I'm sure there are more suggestions to make this world A Safer Place For Our Children.