Bil Browning

Finally! A Bush family member with a brain!

Filed By Bil Browning | October 04, 2007 1:50 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: abstinence education, condoms, George W. Bush, HIV/AIDS, Jenna Bush, sex ed, sexuality

What's this I see? Could it be possible that one of the Bush clan actually has a working brain?

Former wild child Jenna Bush has written a new book called "Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope" about a 17 year old Latin American mother with HIV. In the book, Jenna stands firm that an absitence-only approach to HIV/AIDS is simply unacceptable.

Just two months shy of her 26th birthday, the White House's once rowdy twin has re-emerged as a spokesperson for global equality, children's rights and safe sex.
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Safe sex is encouraged through-out her new book, even though the Bush administration's hotly contested HIV-prevention campaign was built around a staunch "abstinence only" message. "In Africa my dad's policies are pretty much in line with mine, but not domestically," says Bush, referring to her father's ABC (abstain, be faithful, use a condom) policy in Africa.
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"My dad was concerned I would catch all the criticism that runs off from him," she says. "He asked, 'Don't you want to do it in a couple years when you're not an easy target because of me?' He didn't want me to be a scapegoat. Maybe I'm naive, but I'm a different person than my father, and I hope people can be mature and separate the two. I just want a fair chance."

An untold number of American kids should also have a fair chance. Here's hoping Jenna's realization that abstinence only education is ludicrous will rub off on her father. Doubt it though; he doesn't seem to listen to anyone but the voices in his head.


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