By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Only a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to remove $300 million dollars for contraceptives from President Obama’s stimulus plan, another $335 million was discovered in the bill to fund condoms and sexually explicit “STD prevention” programs.
According to a report by Drudge.com, buried on page 147 of the stimulus plan is a provision of $335 million for sexually transmitted disease education and prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“In the past, the CDC has used STD education funding for programs that many Members of Congress find objectionable and arguably unrelated to a mission of economic stimulus [such as funding events called ‘Booty Call’ and ‘Great Sex’ put on by an organization that received $698,000 in government funds],” the report says.
In 2007, Senator Tom Coburn reported on the questionable content of some the programs the CDC funds for this kind of education, such as granting millions of dollars to events featuring prostitutes, transgender beauty contests and “sex workshops.”
In addition, the CDC scheduled a National STD Prevention Conference in 2006 with a panel called, “Are Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs a Threat to Public Health?” The panel invited speakers claiming abstinence-until-marriage programs were ineffective and are even dangerous.
“It’s obvious that Congressional Democrats are trying to pull the wool over Americans’ eyes as they rush this so-called ‘stimulus’ bill through Congress, while middle-class taxpayers are still finding out about frivolous spending provisions that have been hidden in the bill,” said Ken Spain, Communications Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee.
“It is one thing to believe that we can borrow and spend our way out of recession . . . but it is quite another to use this trillion dollar spending bill as a vehicle for liberal pet programs,” he said.
The stimulus plan passed in the House on Jan. 28 without unanimous Democratic support and with no support from Republicans.
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