Good news/Bad News: But boys don’t get pregnant!
Governor Robert “Ultra-sound” McDonnell has replaced a much needed several hundred million dollars into Virginia higher education. According to the Washington Post:
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell issued a news release Monday trumpeting the $230 million in new state funds for higher education.
With that new funding in mind, the release said, McDonnell sent a letter to Virginia college presidents and boards, asking them to keep increases in in-state tuition in line with the rate of inflation.
The Consumer Price Index for the last 12 months was up 2.7 percent, while average in-state tuition went up 9.7 percent for the 2011-2012 school year, the release said.
“I remain very concerned about the affordability of post-secondary education for the young people of Virginia,” he wrote.
Good for the governor. College costs across the nation are skyrocketing. McDonnell’s ceiling on rise in costs can’t come at a better time. However, there is a slight problem that puts Virginia ladies at a severe disadvantage. Boys don’t get pregnant. Girls do.
Governor McDonnell, remember the old adage about” one Awwww sh*t ruining a 100 atta boys?” Well….You have your awwww sh*t moment.
Governor McDonnell cut out the pregnancy prevention program for teens in Virginia. He didn’t just cut the budget, he eliminated the program!
While higher education came out ahead in the budget, funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs was eliminated.
“We are shocked and saddened that Virginia is taking this backwards step that will harm public health and the well-being of Virginia’s young people,” Tarina Keene, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, said in a news release.
NARAL blamed McDonnell, who did not provide money for pregnancy prevention in his proposed budget. “McDonnell Succeeds in Putting Teenagers at Risk,” read the headline on the release. (McDonnell’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)
But McDonnell was not the only person who had a hand in that decision. The Senate restored $455,000 for pregnancy prevention in its budget plan, but House and Senate budget negotiators zeroed out that money.
So who does this draconian budget cut hurt the most? Young women and girls. There can be no greater disruption to a young woman’s future than an unwanted pregnancy. Graduation, higher education, and career can all vaporize if a girl becomes a mother while she is really still a child. Not only do plans for education stop, but that woman and child stand a much greater chance of being thrown into cyclical poverty.
So, the governor can throw all the money he wants at higher education but he has also just created a situation where boys have the edge. Is that discrimination? If he truly wanted to help young women, he would restore the pregnancy prevention program rather than continuing what appears to be a war on women. Governor Ultra-Sound just doesn’t get it. The best way to prevent abortion is to prevent unwanted pregancy.