Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Abstinence-Only Programming Continues

Cara at Feministe brings up the fact that the proposed budget does cut abstinence-only programming money, but not to zero, as Nancy Pelosi promised at Netroots Nation last year. Instead, the omnibus bill will be cutting abstinence-only programming by $14 million, leaving a total of $94 million to fund these failed programs.

If we were to base our policy on evidence, we wouldn't fund these programs that do nothing to reduce the rate of teen and unintended pregnancy or the spread of STIs. Instead, this is a "compromise" that gives social conservatives grants to continue paying clowns to tell people not to have sex.

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