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The Bush Administration, Sex and the Moral Agenda$
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Edward Ashbee

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719072765

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719072765.001.0001

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‘Pet your dog …’: sex education, abstinence and contraception

‘Pet your dog …’: sex education, abstinence and contraception

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The Bush Administration, Sex and the Moral Agenda

Ashbee Edward

Manchester University Press

This chapter analyses the views of George W. Bush on the issues of sex education, contraception and abstinence, and considers how his election campaign was influenced by these issues. It suggests that the Christian right secured much from the Bush administration's sex education policy and explains that the dramatic expansion of funding for abstinence-only programmes not only fulfilled the moral agenda advanced by social conservatives, but also created an influential and vocal constituency which had a direct interest in the maintenance and development of abstinence projects. The chapter argues that the character of public opinion influenced the decision of the Bush administration to give a great deal of political ground to the Christian right on the issue of sex education.

Keywords:   George W. Bush, sex education, contraception, abstinence, election campaign, Christian right, moral agenda, social conservatives, public opinion

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