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Sunday, December 16

States Say No To Abstinence Only Education Funding

We know that abstinence only sex education does a great disservice to our young people in America. Not only is it ineffective, the curriculum is rife with misinformation. The Congress Critters don't bother with researching the statistics that show what a failure it is, but they prefer to pander to ignorant voters who don't care about results, but rather what looks good on paper. Congress just plans to sink more tax money into more programs that do not work.

But in the meantime, some states are waking up. The Washington Post reports
Abstinence Programs Face Rejection
More States Opt to Turn Down the Federal Money Attached to That Kind of Sex Ed

At least 14 states have either notified the federal government that they will no longer be requesting the funds or are not expected to apply, forgoing more than $15 million of the $50 million available, officials said. Virginia was the most recent state to opt out.

Two other states -- Ohio and Washington -- have applied but stipulated they would use the money for comprehensive sex education, effectively making themselves ineligible, federal officials said. While Maryland and the District are planning to continue applying for the money, other states are considering withdrawing as well.

Until this year, only four states had passed up the funding.

"We're concerned about this," said Stan Koutstaal of the Department of Health and Human Services, which runs the program. "My greatest concern about states dropping out is that these are valuable services and programs. It's the youths in these states who are missing out."
Stan Koutstaal ought to check his facts before attempting to hurt our young people with more false and misleading information about sex, diseases, dating and relationships. Abortion does not lead to sterility and suicide, you can't get pregnant from touching a boy's genitals, a fetus is not a thinking human being, HIV is not transmitted via sweat, condoms do not fail to stop the transmission of HIV 31% of the time, to name a few of the misconceptions. If he concentrated on reality rather than ideology, perhaps we'd have a much healthier, happier population.

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