Pregnancy prevention

President Obama cuts funding for all abstinence-only sex education

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In his proposed federal budget for 2017, President Obama has removed all funding for abstinence-only education, by cutting a $10 million per year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services that supports such programs, which have never been proven effective. A 2007 study by prominent sexual health researcher Douglas Kirby,  which looked at the effect of sex ed on teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases concluded that “there does not exist any strong evidence that any abstinence program delays the initiation of sex, hastens the return to abstinence, or reduces the number of sexual partners.” Despite the lack of scientific evidence, over the last 25 years Congress has spent nearly $2 billion on such “abstinence-until-marriage” programs. The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) praised President Obama for his administration’s commitment “to secure the right to quality sexuality education for young people,” which also entails a proposed $4 million increase for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.

Read the full story at Teen Vogue.

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