Action Alert: Stop abstinence education from being funded in health care reform

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee passed an amendment by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) that authorized $50 million dollars for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in the Baucus' health care reform bill.

The good news is that abstinence-only programs are not funded in any other health care bill in the House and Senate, and President Obama has clearly stated that he does not want these sex education programs to be funded.

The bad news is that the Secular Coalition has learned that many Senators on both sides of the aisle are afraid of opposing these failed sex education programs because they don't want to offend their religious and socially conservative constituents.

Take Action Now.

The American Academy of Pediatrics states that, "Abstinence-only programs have not demonstrated successful outcomes with regard to delayed initiation of sexual activity or use of safer sex practices... Programs that encourage abstinence as the best option for adolescents, but offer a discussion of HIV prevention and contraception as the best approach for adolescents who are sexually active, have been shown to delay the initiation of sexual activity and increase the proportion of sexually active adolescents who reported using birth control."

Tell your Senators that, as a nontheistic constituent, you believe their priority should be to protect the best interests of young people based on scientific evidence.  Tell them that you do not want another dime of your money going towards abstinence-only-until-marriage sex education, which is a program based on religious ideology, and does not promote the best interests of young people.

The amendment to fund abstinence programs passed by only one vote in the Senate Finance Committee. Abstinence-only-until-marriage programs ignore scientific research, the recommendations of medical experts, overwhelming public opinion – and basic common sense. Tell your Senators that you want them to do everything in their power to remove funding for this program in the final health care reform bill.

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April 20, 2014


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