Well, perhaps we normal people should also celebrate the closure of fake pregnancy centres, aka 'crisis pregnancy centres', like these in Montana.
The Mexico Open Arms facility was officially closed on March 31, pending possible sale, and sites in Fulton, Jefferson City and Moberly were closed on July 2. The Columbia site is the only agency that remains open.
An aside: The closures really really annoyed a Ms Buffington who wanted her own ministry to take them over. So annoyed was she that she launched the 'A-bomb' at the culprits:
"What they are doing feels like a plundering; even worse, an abortion," Buffington told The Ledger Tuesday. "Do I believe that this was an honorable thing for Life Network to do. No, I do not believe that it was an honorable thing to do to our community, and to God most of all. They had someone who was willing to try and carry it on, and that was already making a huge difference."
Zow. That's gotta hurt.
Why did the Montana outfits have to fold tents?
Lack of money. *snerk*
And there's going to be a lot more of this, because the grown-ups are in charge of a whack of that dough -- the millions flushed down the toilet in the decade-long scam known as 'abstinence-only' programs.
But don't expect the lying scam-artists to go away quietly. No sirree. They want that dough.
What they are doing is rebranding.
Sex educators -- and parents -- have been breathing a sigh of relief. Obama's administration has axed a hefty sum of the abstinence-only sex education funding from the 2010 budget. But if you think it's time to kick back and relax on sex ed, think again. Abstinence-only advocates have been long organizing a comeback, rebranding themselves as science-based and holistic. So serious is this undertaking that organizations like the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) have publicly made this new abstinence message a strategic objective.
It's laughable until you realize that attempting to be more mainstream -- giving the illusion that you're like the successful, evidence-based comprehensive sex education programs -- may just work. Take NAEA's attempts to rework their image and messaging by calling their renamed curricula "abstinence centered" -- one that supposedly utilizes 'holistic approaches' to 'healthy lifestyle choices.' Like comprehensive sex education, they insist that they will be equipping youth with all of the information they need to make healthy decisions.
Sounds great, until you remember that this group of powerful virginity zealots, religious leaders, and legislators are driven by regressive social values. These are the antifeminist, anti-gay people who actively and vehemently seek to reinforce gender stereotypes, sexual "purity," and negative sex messaging. In light of the government finally accepting the fact that the $1.5 billion we've poured into abstinence-only-until-marriage programs has been a waste, these purity pushers are having to do an about face. They must promise to preach more than sexual morality with their "just say no" messaging if they expect to survive. Unfortunately, given their track record, we can't expect their take on "holistic" and "healthy" to be anything like that of comprehensive sex education.
But your average citizen will have trouble deciphering what makes the comprehensive versus abstinence-centered efforts so different.
At the HuffPo link, you'll find some suggestions for fighting back against the lying scam-artists, including a campaign by Advocates for Youth.
In the meantime, let's celebrate!