U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is a primary sponsor of S. 13 – federal legislation which would spend $550 million across the country on abstinence only sex education programs (including $2 million here in South Carolina).
The lion’s share of that cash would be earmarked for Heritage Community Services – an abstinence only group which has been living off of federal funding for years.
Meanwhile funding for abstinence education continues at the state level as well ….
Is this investment paying off? Of course not …
According to statistics provided by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), the percentage of live births to single mothers in the state of South Carolina continues to climb. In 2005, 43.4 percent of all live births were to single mothers. Five years later, that percentage had increased to 46.9 percent – despite $12 million in grant money sent to Heritage Community Services over that time period.
Heritage Community Services is run by Republican political activist Anne Badgley.
“At least four members of her family have been compensated for their work with Heritage Community Services … including Anne, her husband Gordon, their daughter Sally Badgely Raymond, and her husband Jerry Raymond,” an investigative report published by the Reproductive Health Reality Check website noted.
That same report also found Badgley’s organization “uses federal and state funds to buy copies of its own program from a private company that is wholly owned by the Badgley family.”
What a racket …
As we’ve stated on numerous previous occasions, South Carolina has no business whatsoever funding any sort of sex education – abstinence-themed or otherwise. Sadly, “Republicans in Name Only” at the state and federal level – like Graham – continue to force taxpayers to subsidize such efforts.
In Graham’s case there could be a political motive to his efforts as one (now two) of his GOP primary opponents are devout evangelicals.
Incidentally former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford – who is now running for Congress – consistently vetoed funding for abstinence only programs at the state level. S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, on the other hand, has approved the funding.