Well, not really apriori. What it is really is blatantly obvious common sense.
Guess what? Abstinence-only sex education programs don’t work. Well, duh!
And they actually cause social problems. Increase in pregnancies, diseases spread. Again, duh!
These completely obvious facts are actually supported by research. But, even though President Bush has vetoed Congress’s main social spending bill, he wants millions more for his abstinence-only sex education program. And the Democrat Senate leader,Pelosi, may support Bush’s increase. (See today’s NY Times editorial.)
In the meantime, perhaps some of us on the ‘other’ side of the pond should think of applying to NIH to set up an apriori review of politically inspired ideas.