Not long ago, Matt Lauer asked a female CEO if she could work and be a good mother. At the time, many people wondered why men are not asked the same type of question.
GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy's idea of a good father is a father who promotes abstinence only. In fact, Rep. Bill Cassidy co-sponsored the abstinence only bill in the US Congress which is titled "Abstinence Education Reallocation Act of 2013" ... hmmm ...
Cassidy's Abstinence Act would:
H.R.718 -- Abstinence Education Reallocation Act of 2013(emphasis added)
(b) Qualified Sexual Risk Avoidance Education- To qualify for funding under subsection (a), sexual risk avoidance education shall meet each of the following:
(4) The context for all sexual health education shall be teaching the skills and benefits of sexual abstinence as the optimal sexual health behavior for youth.
(5) The education shall include, consistent with paragraphs (1) through (4), teaching of each of the following:
(A) The holistic health, economic, and societal benefits that can be gained by refraining from nonmarital sexual activity, through teaching practical skills that promote self-regulation, goal setting, and a focus on the future.
(B) The clear advantage of reserving human sexual activity for marriage, as a key contributing factor in the prevention of poverty and the preservation of physical and emotional health, based on social science research.
(C) The foundational components of a healthy relationship and related research regarding the individual, economic, and societal advantages of bearing children within the context of a committed marital relationship in order to form healthy marriages and safe and stable families.
(D) The skills needed to resist the negative influences of the pervasive sex-saturated culture that presents teenage sexual activity as an expected norm, with few risks or negative consequences.
(E) The understanding of how drugs, alcohol, and the irresponsible use of social media can influence sexual decisionmaking and can contribute to risky and often aggressive sexual behavior.
(F) A focused priority on the superior health benefits of sexual abstinence, ensuring that any information provided on contraception does not exaggerate its effectiveness in preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancies.
Co-Sponsor Rep. Bill Cassidy - H.R.718 Abstinence Education Reallocation Act of 2013
It appears that teaching "abstinence only" in his home failed as GOP Rep. Cassidy's daughter is an unwed, pregnant teen going into her senior year of high school.
GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy also supported Roy Blunt's 2012 "moral conviction" legislation.
Recall, Roy Blunt's 2012 "moral conviction" legislation exempted employers from providing any health coverage that went against their "religious beliefs or moral convictions."
That meant, Blunt's 2012 "moral conviction" legislation exempted all employers who had a "moral" objection from: providing birth control coverage, allow bigots to claim a “moral” objection to providing health coverage for minorities; employers with "moral" disdain for single mothers could deny them maternity coverage; Scientologists could deny coverage for mental health care; and over 20 million women receiving coverage for preventive services would have lost that coverage.
Rep. Bill Cassidy was not happy when the US Senate tabled Blunt's legislation and wrote on his blog:
REP CASSIDY: "Today's vote to table Senator Blunt's "Respect for Rights of Conscience Act," is very disappointing. This was good legislation - it would reverse the unconstitutional contraception mandate in the President's health care law and would preserve the constitutional right of religious freedom that Americans have enjoyed for over two hundred years.Blunt's legislation was so radical that, at the time, Mitt Romney got blasted for supporting Blunt's legislation. Later, via "etch-a-sketch," Romney claimed he didn't understand the reporter's question -- yeah, whatever.
"Unfortunately, this is only one of many unconstitutional flaws in the President's health care law. House Republicans will continue to fight to reverse not only the contraception mandate but the entire health care law."
That's not all, GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy is rightwinged zealot who wants to end all choice for all people and outlaw abortion even if a woman becomes pregnant by rape and/or incest.
Rep. Bill Cassidy also ...
Cassidy voted against equal pay for womenLuckily, for Cassidy's daughter, her father has not been able to outlaw all choice for all people regarding private reproductive decisions. Therefore, Cassidy's daughter still had a legal choice regarding her own reproduction activities and, it would seem, she chose not to abstain from sex and is choosing to go full-term with her pregnancy.
Cassidy voted against Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act
Cassidy voted Against Funding Planned Parenthood
It would be nice if people like Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) would keep their big noses out of other women's private medical files and private medical decisions so that all women could continue to enjoy the same legal choices his daughter was legallly afforded.
A brief excerpt from Rep. Cassidy (R) acknowledges the problems unwed teen mothers face:
REP CASSIDY: Our daughter now faces a more challenging future than her peers.True, his daughter is facing a very challenging future and that's why Rep. Cassidy (R) should come out against teaching abstinence only and join the real world reality that teens need to be taught about different types of contraception. Not only that, but it would be nice if Rep. Cassidy explained that his unwed pregnant teenage daughter is luckier than most unwed pregnant teens because both her parents have medical degrees and, if needed, her wealthy parents have enough money to help her raise her child.
I don't know if Rep. Cassidy's daughter wanted to get pregnant, nor do I care. But, there are plenty of un-wanted pregnancies that could be avoided if young girls were educated on contraception alternatives that reduce un-wanted pregnancies and given access to low and/or no-cost contraception ... both of which Rep. Bill Cassidy opposes.
Sadly, for GOP Rep Cassidy, we already know how his conservative brethren feel about "sluts" who have sex without their husband. But, the good news is, now, GOP Rep. Cassidy is learning that unwed sex is not something that only "liberals" choose to engage in. Yes, Rep. Cassidy (R) learned that even conservative republican teenagers choose to engage in sex prior to marriage.
Teaching abstinence only does not reduce unwanted pregnancy and neither does putting asprin between your legs.