Politics

House Strips Funding for Abstinence Education

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Federal funding for abstinence until marriage education was stripped from the budget today in the House subcommittee, led by Rep. David Obey (D-WI). The budget now goes to the full committee and to the full House of Representatives.

Proponents of contraceptive-only sex education have long awaited the day when they are given free reign over the sexualization of our children. There is a small minority of very well federally funded groups who try to give the perception that contraceptive-only sex education programs are effective at protecting teens from the problems related to sexual activity.

Studies of contraceptive-only sex education reveal that there is no evidence that condom programs are effective at decreasing teen pregnancy or STDs.

It was also found that abstinence programs have produced broad-based and sustained increases in the percentage of youth who remain sexually abstinent.

There is evidence that abstinence education is an effective primary prevention strategy. The research does not support abandoning abstinence education in favor of a contraceptive-only sex education strategy that has not been proven to be successful.

Abstinence advocates are calling on President Obama for bipartisan support and to stop politicizing the health of our children.

"We've got news for the condom worshipers," says Leslee Unruh, President of the National Abstinence Clearinghouse, "abstinence education is not going away any time soon. Taxpayers will not tolerate their money being used for ideological latex-only programs and the molestation of their children's minds and future."

The Abstinence Clearinghouse continues to work on the front lines to protect abstinence until marriage, without compromise.