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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Jenna Bush against abstinence-only education

Jenna Bush wrote a book about her experience as an intern with UNICEF. Ana's Story tells about the life of a young woman who was born HIV-positive. The book is written for a young audience apparently and will soon appear on the shelves. Jenna Bush was interviewed by Diane Sawyer of ABC news and said the following when asked whether she agreed with her father's abstinence-only policies:
No, I mean, not at all, first, because I’m not part of the administration. You know, I’m just my father’s daughter. … I think that when we’re talking about keeping kids safe, and we’re talking about Ana and other kids that are living with HIV or other STDs … kids need to have education; they need to be educated in order to make the right decision for themselves. (via Think Progress)

The personal experience of Jenna Bush shows her the folly of Bush's policies. You actually have to get out of your life to see what works and doesn't work. Nobody can show any kind of compassion with their eyes closed. I am slightly encouraged to see that she came out of her sheltered life. That is the biggest difference between her and her father, who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and never ever showed any curiosity for a world outside his own.


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