November 14, 2000
Among Americans identified as the “most religious” voters-those who attend church more than once a week-60 percent voted for Governor Bush in the 2000 presidential election, according to Voter News Service exit polls. Only among black voters, 90 percent of whom voted for Vice President Gore-was the voting gap larger. Among voters who identify themselves as part of the “religious right,” 80 percent voted for Bush versus 18 percent for Gore. The election revealed sharp division among women as well. While women overall favored Gore by 12 percentage points, among a significant bloc of female voters, identified by Wirthlin Worldwide as “Bible Study Moms,” an overwhelming majority of 80 percent supported Bush. This group, women of faith who are married with children and for whom character, honesty and trustworthiness were a major factor in their voting decision, comprises some 22 percent of women voters.
Fighting Another Sexual Disease with No Cure
Rep. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is an obstetrician who has been speaking out about a rapidly spreading sexually transmitted disease with no cure-the human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV may cause cervical cancer, which, according to federal government reports, has killed more U.S. women than AIDS in the past two years. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America and other pro-choice advocates defeated legislation previously introduced by Rep. Coburn that would have included mandatory HPV reporting requirements. Rep. Coburn has requested new legislation to require warnings on condom packages and to provide more public education about the virus. Dr. Curtis C. Stine of the Medical Institute for Sexual Health in Austin, Texas stands behind Dr. Coburn. Dr. Stine warns that “the only completely safe way [to avoid HPV] is sexual abstinence until marriage, marry[ing] an uninfected partner and sexual fidelity within marriage. That’s the bottom line.”