No matter how much members of Congress swear they’ll be fiscal conservatives, no matter how many times they promise they’ll be wise stewards of taxpayers’ money, you can always count on them to waste money to please a few of their constituents. So, it can’t come as a great surprise that members of the Senate Finance Committee voted to fund abstinence-only education to the tune of $50 million per year through 2014.
Every Republican on the committee — fiscal conservatives, all — voted for the amendment yesterday. They were joined by two Democrats who also claim to be fiscal conservatives. Yet, here they were, wasting tens of millions of dollars.
Tons of research has shown that abstinence-only education does not work to prevent teen pregnancy. And if research doesn’t persuade you, there is the anecdotal testimony of Bristol Palin, teen mom, who says abstinence doesn’t work for teens. She should know.
A lot of health care subsidies could be covered with that money. Let’s hope wiser heads prevail and strip that money back out of the Senate Finance Committee’s health care bill.