Cut It Out
President Barack Obama has got many parents up in arms recently over a proposal to cut federal funding for abstinence-only education run by the Department of Health and Human Services. The suggested cuts are one of many proposals by Obama to cut funding for the 2017 fiscal budget.
Obama proposal suggestion spotlights the idea that abstinence-only programs only focus on remaining abstinent and typically doesn’t include condom or birth control education; so the thinking is that the nearly 2 billion dollars allocated to this approach would be better spent elsewhere.
One federally funded abstinence-only program called “Heritage Keepers Abstinence Education” run by Heritage Community Services, depicts itself as being an “evidenced-based intervention program that reduces sexual initiation among teens as well as other positive research findings that impact the health and well-being of youth.”
Nevertheless, and despite the claims of success, The Sexuality Education and Information Council of the U.S. still applauded the Presidents proposal, and “highlighted that in early November 2007, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy released Emerging Answers 2007, a report authored by Dr. Douglas Kirby, a leading sexual health researcher, discussing what programs work in preventing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. The report found evidence that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs do not have any impact on teen sexual behavior.”
What do you think, should abstinence-only education programs get the cut?
Article: Christian Post