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May 07, 2009

Abstinence-Only Education Has Been ELIMINATED!!

I just read via Amplify Your Voice that Obama did away with Federal funding for abstinence-only education. Yippiee!! Abstinence-only education has been a train wreck failure for nearly a decade, and I've written plenty about it here on my blog. Here's an excerpt of the details from an article by Amplify Your Voice:

Not only are all of the abstinence-only funds eliminated, but $173 million dollars will now be going to teen pregnancy prevention programs around the country that don’t have to adhere to the ridiculous standards that were there before.

While we can celebrate this news for now, we aren’t quite out of the woods yet. A door is still open for Congress to sneak these funds back in if we don’t put enough pressure on them.

Of the $110 million that are going to state-based teen pregnancy prevention programs, 75% are going to “evidence-based” programs, while 25% are going “new models” which aren’t explicitly defined. The danger here is that Congress might still try to slip abstinence-only programs into the budget during the appropriations process. David Obey, the Democratic chair of the Appropriations Committee, has tried to increase funding for abstinence-only programs in the past, and we need to make sure that he and his colleagues don’t allow this to happen now.

I just wanted to post the good news. Now if only we could get more good news for this country. It seems we're emerging from the swamp that was the Bush Presidency at long last.

Posted on May 7, 2009 at 06:16 PM | Permalink

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