About three-quarters of the challenges made under the two-year-old Information Quality Act have come from industry groups concerned about regulations.
[...] The groups claim that the curriculum used by most Community-Based Abstinence Education grantees contains false information. They called on the Administration for Children and Families to cease sponsorship of programs that fail to provide medically accurate information.
For example, dozens of grantees teach that condom use reduces the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS by 69 percent to 90 percent. The two groups say that such instruction greatly underestimates the effectiveness of condoms in preventing HIV/AIDS, and the numbers result from a study that the department itself described as having conclusions based on “serious error."
But apparently some people in the Bush administration have completely blocked out that portion of their lives. Wade Horn, the guy who oversees the Administration for Children and Families, actually told Congress that abstinence only sex ed “helped people develop the self-discipline to say no to sex”. You know, as if wanting to have sex was like alcoholism or something.
If people had better memories, maybe we’d be in better shape.
I do hope that using the Information Quality Act does work, though. After all, there’s enough misogyny in this country without adding in a reading of Choosing Best, which teaches girls that outspoken women never get their man.