Yet another GOP abstinence advocate somehow has managed to conveniently set aside his professed ideals to support his unwed, pregnant teenage daughter. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Congressman who is attempting to capture a Senate seat and co-sponsor of the Abstinence Education Reallocation Act of 2013, has disclosed that his little girl’s baby is due later this summer.
Among other things, the AERA focuses on abstaining from teaching children about sex until the age of twelve — the age at which many children have already begun to have sex, with low income children losing their virginity at an average of age 12 (and many beginning much sooner). Of course, after many children are already sexually active, the legislation focuses on ” teaching the benefits of refraining from nonmarital sexual activity, the advantage of reserving sexual activity for marriage, and the foundational components of a healthy relationship.”
The average age at which girls lose their virginity across the country is 17, which is exactly how old Cassidy’s daughter happens to be. According to NOLA.com Cassidy is going to be a proud grandpa after his precious little snowflake ignored daddy’s beliefs and got herself knocked up.
“Earlier this year, Laura and I learned we will become grandparents this summer. Our children have been the greatest blessing of our lives and we welcome our grandchild as a joyous addition to our family. Our daughter now faces a more challenging future than her peers. She has our unconditional love and support,” Cassidy said of his daughter’s pregnancy. He says that his daughter faces a “more challenging future” now that she has shown, like numerous studies, that abstinence-only education does not work. In fact, teen pregnancies are highest in states that employ abstinence-only education.
We look forward to her future joining Bristol Palin in hypocritically pushing for the right to deny girls and women the ability to easily and affordably obtain a full array of birth control options. Should be a blast.