A Texas Democratic zinged a Republican colleague who claimed he waited to have sex until marriage if he had remained abstinent by choice – or whether it was chosen for him.
State Rep. Stuart Spitzer (R-Kaufman) successfully pushed an amendment Tuesday to pull $3 million from HIV and STD prevention programs to pay for abstinence education instead, reported the Texas Tribune.
Democratic lawmakers lined up to question Spitzer, a physician, on his budget proposal.
Spitzer told the lawmakers that he believed abstinence education was both fiscally and medically prudent, the newspaper reported.
Texas schools may determine their own sex education curriculum, but they are required to spend more time teaching abstinence than other methods of birth control or STD prevention.
State Rep. Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) pointed out the state had one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the U.S. and the highest rate of repeat teen pregnancies, and Spitzer admitted the current abstinence program was not working well.
“Were you taught abstinence education?” asked state Rep. Harold Dutton Jr. (D-Houston). “Did it work?”
Spitzer told the lawmaker he had remained a virgin until he married at age 29.
“I’ve only had sex with one woman in my life, and that’s my wife,” Spitzer said.
“Since you brought it up, is that the first woman you asked?” Dutton said.
Spitzer said he wasn’t sure that was an appropriate question, and the meeting had to be called back to order.
The Republican lawmaker said he felt like his Democratic opponents were trying to corner him and make him look like a hypocrite.
“This is my first year here, and I’m not sure what is normal — but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t usually devolve into discussion of a person’s sexual history,” Spitzer said.
Dutton said his questions were appropriate because Spitzer had held himself out as an example.
“When he injected that abstinence had worked for him, and that he had his first sexual encounter when he was 29 — I thought it was appropriate to ask,” Dutton said. “Was that the result of abstinence, or was it that no one said yes?”