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Mark Steyn: health expert.

Mr. Steyn isn’t exactly loved in progressive circles up in Canada, and you’ll note with this latest column he isn’t particularly liked in the US liberal/progressive circles either:

Women Need To Be Punished For Having Sex

Kudos to Mark Steyn for spelling out the conservative position so clearly. Usually they obfuscate a bit more.

That link leads to this article at Booman Tribune, which I will quote a small excerpt, titled as this:

Mark Steyn Wants You to Get Syphilis

Let me ask you a question. Is there any way to read the following tripe from Mark Steyn without coming to the conclusion that he values sexually transmitted diseases for their deterrent effect on promiscuity and that he does not want to reduce the transmission and occurrence of STD’s?

Mark, if you’re wondering, is attacking the fact the Democrats wanted to  include STD prevention in the stimulus package. Ridiculous, according to Steyn, but as Daily Kos shows, the actual experts on the topic believe it to be a valid thing to be funding:

Funding for screening and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has come under attack from some members of Congress. The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the HIV Medicine Association of IDSA (HIVMA) believe this funding is a critical reinvestment in our public health infrastructure. Investing in prevention now saves taxpayers money later. Singling out STD prevention funding for criticism is an ideological attack that is not rooted in public health reality.

Of course it’s ideological – Steyn is playing the part of 19th century social conservative. Republicans and Conservatives always get into a tizzy over anything remotely to do with family planning, and this is another example of it. At least the folks down south know what we have had  to put up with, when he drops in his occasional column to Macleans.


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