GOP candidate who supports abstinence-only learns it doesn’t work the hard way.

GOP candidate who supports abstinence-only learns it doesn’t work the hard way. July 7, 2014

Meet Bill Cassidy:

Cassidy is a state Congressmen from Louisiana and is the leading contender challenging Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu.  In 2013 he co-sponsored the Abstinence-Only Reallocation Act which would award school’s state money for abstinence-only education programs.  He has also consistently railed against the ACA’s contraceptive mandate.  So it will come as no surprise that Cassidy’s 17 year-old (unmarried) daughter is pregnant:

“Earlier this year, Laura and I learned we will become grandparents this summer,” Cassidy, a physician, said in a statement to Times-Picayune.

“Our children have been the greatest blessing of our lives and we welcome our grandchild as a joyous addition to our family,” he continued. “Our daughter now faces a more challenging future than her peers. She has our unconditional love and support.”

I’m glad they’re expressing unconditional love for their daughter instead of the slut-shaming the GOP reserves for any other woman who decides sex is fun.  I also want to point out that Cassidy’s daughter shouldn’t feel ashamed of having sex or of being pregnant, even if I regret that her education about how to have casual sex responsibly was probably lacking.  I just want to point out that if you put all your eggs into the basket of abstinence-only and restricted access to contraceptives, the results are pretty predictable.

I’m sure for his daughter an abortion is not an option that’s on the table.  But what people like Cassidy need to realize is that not all parents will forbid their 17 year-old from being saddled with a child that could seriously impact the rest of their lives.  That means abortions.  If you are against abortions, abstinence-only education and opposition to contraceptives as part of our healthcare laws need to be wiped from your platform.

Will Cassidy’s positions actually change, even in light of how they’ve failed within his own family?  Of course not.  He’ll continue with the stance that what failed for his daughter will work for the rest of the country, even as it’s been proven time and time again to fail.  And he’ll continue to blame abortions on the evil liberals.

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