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Texas measure cuts HIV funding to teach more about abstinence

April 2, 2015

In Texas, the state with one of the highest teen pregnancy rates and the third highest number of HIV cases in the country, the GOP-controlled house overwhelmingly approved a budget amendment which will cut $3 million from its programs to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Instead, the amendment would earmark that money for abstinence education. The measure still needs to survive budget negotiations in the Senate to obtain final approval, but that chamber also has a large conservative majority. Stuart Spitzer, a doctor and Republican representative and one of the amendment’s sponsors defended the measure by revealing to the Texas House that he abstained from having sex until marriage. He urged schoolchildren to follow his example with some ironclad moral and scientific logic, saying, “What’s good for me is good for a lot of people.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.