Monday, December 22, 2003

Criminal Ignorance

Tell me there’s no connection between this grant opportunity that I posted:

Program Title: Community-Based Abstinence Education Project Grants

Agency: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Sub-Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Program URL:

Summary: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces that approximately $33 million in fiscal year (FY) 2004 funds will be available for making competitive grants to provide abstinence education to adolescents, subject to the availability of appropriations. There are no cost sharing, matching or cost participation requirements of the program. Eligibility is open to public and private entities, including faith-based and community organizations, which develop and/or provide an abstinence program consistent with the definition of “abstinence education” in section 510 of the Social Security Act. In addition, the entity must agree not to provide a participating adolescent any other education regarding sexual conduct in the same setting. [Emphasis added.]

and this story from the Santa Fe New Mexican:

ANTHONY, N.M. – The Gadsden Independent School District says 66 students are pregnant – most of them younger than age 15 and two of them still in elementary school.

Young girls getting pregnant is nothing new, but the problem appears to be increasing, said Sue Gowing, a nurse with La Clinica de Familia who splits her time between the district’s two high school clinics.

Forty of the pregnant girls this year are freshmen, seven are in middle school and two are in elementary school. Sixth-grade is elementary school in the Gadsden district.

Girls in elementary school. Jeebus. “Not provid[ing]…any other education regarding sexual conduct in the same setting” really seems to be working. NOT.