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    Filed at 11:51 am under by dcobranchi

    Having sex before marriage, that is.

    More than nine out of 10 Americans, men and women alike, have had premarital sex, according to a new study… The study, examining how sexual behavior before marriage has changed over time, was based on interviews conducted with more than 38,000 people — about 33,000 of them women — in 1982, 1988, 1995 and 2002 for the federal National Survey of Family Growth. According to Finer’s analysis, 99 percent of the respondents had had sex by age 44, and 95 percent had done so before marriage.

    And here’s the Bush Administration’s bullshit spin:

    Wade Horn, assistant secretary for children and families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, defended the abstinence-only approach for teenagers.


    He insisted there was no federal mission against premarital sex among adults.

    “Absolutely not,” Horn said. “The Bush administration does not believe the government should be regulating or stigmatizing the behavior of adults.”

    Oh, really?

    The federal government’s “no sex without marriage” message isn’t just for kids anymore.

    Now the government is targeting unmarried adults up to age 29 as part of its abstinence-only programs, which include millions of dollars in federal money that will be available to the states under revised federal grant guidelines for 2007.

    The government says the change is a clarification. But critics say it’s a clear signal of a more directed policy targeting the sexual behavior of adults.

    “They’ve stepped over the line of common sense,” said James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that supports sex education. “To be preaching abstinence when 90% of people are having sex is in essence to lose touch with reality. It’s an ideological campaign. It has nothing to do with public health.”

    Abstinence education programs, which have focused on preteens and teens, teach that abstaining from sex is the only effective or acceptable method to prevent pregnancy or disease. They give no instruction on birth control or safe sex.

    The National Center for Health Statistics says well over 90% of adults ages 20-29 have had sexual intercourse.

    But Wade Horn, assistant secretary for children and families at the Department of Health and Human Services, said the revision is aimed at 19- to 29-year-olds because more unmarried women in that age group are having children.

    Government data released last month show that 998,262 births in 2004 were to unmarried women 19-29, the ages with the most births to unmarried women.

    “The message is ‘It’s better to wait until you’re married to bear or father children,’ ” Horn said. “The only 100% effective way of getting there is abstinence.”

    The revised guidelines specify that states seeking grants are “to identify groups … most likely to bear children out-of-wedlock, targeting adolescents and/or adults within the 12- through 29-year-old age range.” Previous guidelines didn’t mention targeting of an age group.

    “We wanted to remind states they could use these funds not only to target adolescents,” Horn said. “It’s a reminder.”

    Same guy less than two months ago. Are they really that stupid or do they think the American people are?

    4 Responses to “EVERYBODY’S DOING IT”

    Comment by
    December 20th, 2006
    at 1:01 pm

    I vote option 3, all of the above.

    Comment by
    December 20th, 2006
    at 2:23 pm

    Losing touch with reality? Ya think???

    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    December 20th, 2006
    at 3:22 pm

    These people will be gone soon, won’t they? Two more years of this crap??


    Comment by
    December 21st, 2006
    at 1:13 pm

    Well, the American people did elect Bush for 2 terms, so maybe we ar as stupid as they think.