Tell the House to stop throwing money at abstinence-only sex ed (6-13-07)
7/19/07 Update: The House upheld the funding increase as approved by the Appropriations Committee on 7/11. This Action Alert is now expired.
This Thursday, June 14, 2007, the House Appropriations Committee will vote on whether to increase funding for abstinence education by 24.5%. Following the April, 2007 Mathematica Policy Research study which concluded that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs do not serve to change teens’ behavior, we were hopeful that Congress would cut funding to these programs, not recommend a huge increase. [For more background on the issue of sexuality education, you may want to click through to our position paper. Just use your Back button to return to this Alert.]
While comprehensive sex education programs include abstinence as one way to avoid both pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease (albeit the most effective method), abstinence-only-until-marriage programs present only the theological belief that all people must abstain from sexual activity until they are joined in a heterosexual marriage.
Especially if she or he is one of the 66 members of the House Appropriations Committee, please let your Representative know that government funded sex education programs must not be theologically-based. Whether such programs explicitly reference their theological bias or not, there is a clear distinction between fact-based sex education and a claim that the only appropriate expression of sexuality is for procreation within marriage.
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