Recently, Governor Perry co-signed a letter
with four other governors to Senators Baucus and Grassley, requesting that
Title V abstinence-only until marriage federal funding be reinstated.
Not surprisingly, Focus
on the Family doesn’t support the one thing that would help reduce the number
of abortions in this country – comprehensive sex education.
How do you answer the questions of a 14-year-old who’s had her period for a year but still doesn’t know where it comes from? And where can you send a teen who’s only sex ed has come from her private Christian school?
How long is sex education going to be marginalized, hindered, or just ignored?
After months of negotiation and attempts at cooperation, North
Carolina’s state assembly is finally taking a step in the right
direction in regard to their policies on sexuality education.
Yesterday, the White House confirmed that under its plan to fund teen pregnancy prevention programs through community and faith-based programs, “some abstinence-only education could qualify.”
A male birth control product comes closer to approval for use in the United States.
Luckily, Barack Obama’s budget left out Title V funding for
abstinence-only education, and now the right wing is up in arms. And it’s going to the Senate Budget Committee today, so now it’s our turn to speak up.
A dozen years and more than a billion dollars later, the federal government is still sinking funds into abstinence-only education, despite multiple studies from across the nation that prove it simply doesn’t work.
Why hasn’t Illinois turned down Title V abstinence-only money? Maybe because Illinois not only receives one of the largest chunks of abstinence-only funds, but it hosts two of the largest providers of the curricula.