Friday, February 27, 2009

Ignorance (and stupidity) are alive and well...

hmmmmm....

Now it's Sen. Dave Schultheis of Colorado Springs who opposes testing pregnant women for HIV so their babies can be treated to prevent the transfer of the virus:

"This stems from sexual promiscuity for the most part and I just can't go there," said Schultheis said. "We do things continually to remove the consequences of poor behavior, unacceptable behavior, quite frankly."

"What I'm hoping is that, yes, that person may have AIDS, have it seriously as a baby and when they grow up, but the mother will begin to feel guilt as a result of that," he said. "The family will see the negative consequences of that promiscuity and it may make a number of people over the coming years begin to realize that there are negative consequences and maybe they should adjust their behavior."

WHAT?

So the plan is that we won't test for HIV because then we'll reduce the likelihood that an infant born with HIV is properly treated in the hopes that it's life will serve as a negative example and eventually stop others from being promiscuous? Because testing for HIV is tantamount to condoning promiscuous behavior?

Now there's logic for you. (For the record, I'm not approaching this from a political standpoint - more of a stupid standpoint really...)

If interested, read more
here and here.

8 comments:

Emily B. said...

what?!??!?!?!?

Alyssa the Ragamuffin said...

That is unbelievable. Thanks for posting it, though!

Bethany said...

This is so shocking and appalling, I don't even know where to begin. The very concept of using an innocent baby as an "example" is so idiotic. And what about the women who contract HIV inadvertently from long term monogomous relationships.......don't even get me started because I could go on and on about how flawed this guy's argument is.

KelseyChristine said...

ICK, ICK, ICK, what an evil person... That is one of the sickest things I have ever heard!

KelseyChristine said...

I googled his name and found his email address:
senatorschultheis@gmail.com

I think he should be swarmed with outraged emails...

Anonymous said...

AAAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHH! There are no words....

Lori Smith

Holly said...

WOW. I am quite speechless at the moment!

Rachael said...

It takes a very sick and twisted person to advocate for shaming adults into changing their behavior by hurting children. Shultheis is the one with the poor and unacceptable behavior, and I hope that he suffers negative consequences- like losing his job- for it.