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Mike Pence thinks condoms are an ineffective ‘modern liberal’ answer to teen sex

Aside from being a religious extremist who wants creationism taught alongside evolution in public schools, Indiana Governor and GOP Vice President-Elect Mike Pence wants to teach your children some dangerously archaic ideas about sex.

Pence’s beliefs about human history and science could no doubt set children’s minds back about 2,000 years, but that’s nothing compared to what his beliefs about sex could do to their health.

In a CNN interview from 2002 that recently resurfaced, Pence sat down with Wolf Blitzer to lament then-Secretary of State Colin Powell’s comments on MTV that called for young people to use condoms for protection.

Powell suggesting condoms over Pence’s belief in “abstinence education” had the Indiana Governor outraged.

“Given the enormous stature that Colin Powell rightly has, not only in America but in the world community — it was a sad day,” Pence said. “I don’t think any administration has had a worse day since [Bill Clinton was asked ‘boxers or briefs] on MTV. And the truth is that Colin Powell had an opportunity here to reaffirm this president’s commitment to abstinence as the best choice for our young people, and he chose not to do that in the first instance, but — and so I think it’s very sad.”

Pence then went to claim that condoms weren’t much protection at all against sexually transmitted diseases, a claim that is an outright falsehood.

“The other part is that, frankly, condoms are a very, very poor protection against sexually transmitted diseases, and in that sense, Wolf, this was — the secretary of state may be inadvertently misleading millions of young people and endangering lives,” Pence said.

Then, Pence made the bizarre suggestion that condoms are too “modern” of a solution, and that they’re just another example of “liberal” encroachment on family values.

“The problem is it was too modern of an answer, Wolf,” Pence continued. “It was — it truly was a modern, liberal answer to a problem that parents like me are facing all over America, and frankly, all over the world.”

It’s hard to know where to even begin here. As for Pence’s claim that condoms are “poor protection” against STDs, he’s pretending that the established science on the matter doesn’t exist. But then again, when is Pence ever on the right side of science?

From the CDC:

…when used consistently and correctly, condoms are highly effective in preventing the sexual transmission of HIV infection and reduce the risk of other STDs.

In regards to his claim of condoms being too “modern,” here’s a 12,000 to 15,000 year-old cave painting of a dude strapping up with some animal skin:

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[This post has been updated] Featured image: Gage Skidmore (Flickr)

33 Comments

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    Richard Walsh

    August 12, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Pence will be on the ash heap of history along with repub creep trump

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    labman57

    August 12, 2016 at 8:20 am

    So what’s the ‘modern conservative’ answer — chastity belts?

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    Karen

    August 12, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Good comeback, I would like to know how old he was when he first had sex, I would love for him to let us know how he feels about when little girls and little boys who are molested by family members, and clergy people who prey on children,and people in certain states in the southern region and inbreds, I wonder if he has a science based theory on that issue. I would love for the GOPPARTY of P—-s, to really just stop their rhetoric garbage about how Women should do this and do that, because these lunatics absolutely do not have a clue.

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    Anonymous

    March 5, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    “It’s hard to know where to begin…” the article states. How about with the CDC statement about “consistent and correct” use…

    Led by Stephanie Sanders of The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University, the researchers pulled together 16 years of research on condom errors and failures going back to 1995. “We chronically underestimate how complicated condom use can be,” University of Kentucky professor Richard Crosby, who co-authored the study, said in a statement.

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