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Uh Oh, Kids in Texas "Get a Pretty Good Sex Education from Their Animals"

That's the talk of Texas political pandering to interests that don't want to fund real sex education.
 
 
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In 2009, an interim Texas school superintendent declared that sex-education classes were unnecessary in his rural district. Most of the area’s school kids  live on farms, he explained, therefore: “They get a pretty good sex education from their animals.”

It’s this kind of thinking that makes Texas so special.

That specialness has now flowered in our state senate. Ken Paxton, a right-wing Republican from a Dallas suburb, is proposing to  ban Planned Parenthood from providing sex-education materials to any Texas school. Paxton says the organization favors sexual freedom for women and girls, and — well, we can’t have that in our classrooms, can we?

Of course, Paxton is really just pandering to anti-abortion extremists. Planned Parenthood has become the favorite whipping girl of that faction, so piling on it is considered great sport by cheap-shot, political opportunists like Paxton.

Interestingly, neither he nor his Planned Parenthood-bashing supporters have found any examples of the demonized organization’s materials being used in Texas classrooms. But Paxton’s bill is almost comically panicky. Ramping up this goofiness, one alarmist even testified that Planned Parenthood’s secret agenda is to  teach children how to use sex toys.

Lest you think that Texans are generally as off the wall as the Paxtonites, a recent poll shows that  73 percent of voters — including 69 percent of Republican women — approve of state funding for the kind of family-planning services that Planned Parenthood provides for low-income and other women.

Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the new book, "Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow." (Wiley, March 2008) He publishes the monthly "Hightower Lowdown," co-edited by Phillip Frazer.
 
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