On Thursday, State Rep. Jon Lundberg told NBC station WCYB-TV that a focus on abstinence is needed because Tennessee has the seventh-highest teen birth rate in the nation and the 11th-highest HIV infection rate in the nation.
This is particularly relevant, because Tennessee already HAS Abstinence-only sex education in theirs school system:
proponents say the new law helps define the existing abstinence-only sex-education policy.
Though, to be fair... the laws "proponents" are mostly
rednecks Conservatives from Tennessee. What the EVIDENCE has shown, as acknowledged by State Rep. Jon Lundberg is that their abstinence only sex education curriculum has been one of the least effective in the country, and has not brought about the desired results.
Liberal solution: DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
Conservative Solution: DO MORE OF THE SAME THING, ON STEROIDS.
I don't know... Maybe having the seventh-highest teen birth rate isn't enough... Maybe they want to be number one. The only way they rank any higher five years from know would be is Mississippi, Alabama and other States where fear, ignorance and ideology routinely trump common sense also double down on their stupidity, and manage to do more harm to themselves than Tennessee will do.
Hey: Maybe they can just ban contraception altogether. Why not? As EVERYONE KNOWS, if you keep contraception away from teenagers, they'll stop having sex, right?
This is textbook stupidity.