Texas Lawmakers Divert HIV Funds to Abstinence Education Program

I was in McAllen, Texas a month ago, visiting with a group of students in the Rio Grande Valley Atheists. I was encouraged by the dedication and determination of these ten Latino and Latina university students, who are actively lobbying for science-based sex education programs in that part of south Texas. I later discovered that Texas has the third-highest HIV infection rate in America as well as the fifth-highest teen pregnancy rate and highest repeat teen pregnancy rate. Yet, Texas state Rep. Stuart Spitzer (R)—a surgeon from North Texas—said his “goal is for everybody to be abstinent until they’re married.”

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