What do European AIDS advocates have to say about PEPFAR? “The ab-only earmarked funding in PEPFAR goes against modern principles of effective aid … ab-only approaches have no effect in the developing world where a significant percentage of sexual initiation among young girls is coerced or forced.”
No matter how much people intellectually accept that contraception has a failure rate and that even very good, responsible people have a behavior failure rate, admitting an abortion in our society is taken as an admission of carelessness.
Iowa has become the seventeenth state to refuse Title V, Section 510 funding for abstinence-only sex education. Iowa currently receives roughly $319,000 in matching funds from the federal funding stream.
What is The New York Times' problem with abortion? The editorial page consistently supports sex education, birth control, and the right to legally end unwanted pregnancy. The rest of the Times, however, often seems uncomfortable with concrete applications of these principles.
Iowa must mesh its state sexuality education guidelines with federal mandates.
In Missouri, the only sex education allowed is the inaccurate information that follows federal government guidelines.
The most effective sexuality education curricula in Illinois get no federal or state funding.
The future of federal funding for abstinence-only education.
Despite the public outcry last week for our government to work together and make progress, the White House steered clear of governing from the middle and bipartisanship in a new staffing move. Today the White House named Eric Keroack, MD as the new government official overseeing Title X, the program that provides contraceptive and other reproductive health services in every state of the nation to those in need. He'll start work on Monday.
This Keroack has had a career dedicated to abstinence-only programs and is an ardent anti-choice Ob-Gyn. He serves on the Medical Advisory Council for the Abstinence Clearinghouse and is a member of the Federal Expert Panel commissioned to define the guidelines for most governmental funding of abstinence education in our public schools — programs that have grown over recent years and have yet to be proven effective. He is the Medical Director of A Woman's Concern crisis pregnancy centers, an organization that posts only negative — and in some cases incorrect — information about abortion. Now, no Title X funds are used to provide abortion services. But is a man who misleads women in crisis pregnancies the kind of person who should be heading a program that is supposed to help people be informed about how they can decide if and when to have children?