Introduced by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), the measure is getting a huge push from the Physicians Committee for
Responsible Medicine including its director of public affairs, Elizabeth Kucinich, the wife of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio). The group has
held several briefings on Capitol Hill about
the bill, with celebs such as actress Marilu Henner and former NBA star John Salley.
An Abstinence-Only Chat
Outgoing Rep. Mark Souders sex tape with his reported mistress/staffer (OK, so it was a PG-rated discussion of abstinence-only education) wasnt just about titillation.
The issue of sex, at least when it comes to sex ed, is a serious topic on Capitol Hill. And so a video in which the Indiana Republican and the staffer with whom he reportedly had an affair discussed the merits of abstaining was more than just a funny diversion. For some, it was about hypocrisy.
In the Web video, which Souders office apparently took down after HOH and others reported on it, Souder extols the virtues of abstaining while staffer/reported mistress Tracy Jackson nods and agrees with him. Souder tells Jackson, I wish Id abstained from a 2008 hearing critical of abstinence-only programs.
HOH asked Sen. Frank Lautenberg, one of the leading opponents of abstinence-only education, to weigh in.
Abstinence-only education is not working in our classrooms nor apparently in some Congressional offices, the New Jersey Democrats spokesman, Caley Gray, tells us.
Lautenberg is a co-sponsor of legislation that would allow federal funding for comprehensive and medically accurate sexual education (i.e., theyll tell you about contraception).
Alas, HOHs calls to other anti-abstinence-only reps werent returned. We wonder what Bristol Palin would say ...
Overheard on the Hill
I dont even know how to use one.
Sen. Ben Nelson, confessing his inexperience with debit cards to reporters Tuesday. Asked about ATM fees, the Nebraska Democrat says he only pays with cash or credit cards and confessed to being frugal.
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Rep. Bill Cassidy has his blood drawn by Alesha Barbour during a free hepatitis screening in the Rayburn House Office Building hosted by the Congressional Viral Hepatitis Caucus to recognize "National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day."
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