Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Senate panel cuts abstinence funding

Posted at The Washington Times.

A Senate appropriations panel voted this week to cut the funding of a major abstinence program, setting up a battle with House appropriators, who voted recently to increase the funding.

The Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) program, which awards competitive grants directly to organizations that want to teach abstinence education, currently receives $113.4 million.

This week, the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on labor, health and human services, education and related agencies voted to cut CBAE funding by $28.5 million, to $84.9 million.

This contrasts with the House Appropriations subcommittee's vote this month to raise CBAE funding by $27.8 million, to $141.2 million. The full House Appropriations committee has not acted.

The same lies and misrepresentations are littered throughout this article. Statements such as "overwhelming evidence that these [abstinence] programs are ineffective and based on narrow right-wing ideology", and a request to "fund HIV prevention based on science and proven effectiveness", and claiming that studies "conclude that abstinence-only programs do not work".

In order to make statements like these, they have to ignore studies that show just the opposite. There is no "overwhelming evidence" that abstinence-only programs don't work. There has been a great deal of discussion with reports supporting both sides of the debate depending on who conducted the study and compiled the report. Reports that were neutral in nature have been used on both sides of the debate to support their case.

My question is, "what is right?" What do you think that your child should be taught by adults? That premarital sex can be safe and fun or that it is wrong and dangerous? Do you want adults to give your child a false sense of hope that they can avoid the physical and emotional consequences of immoral behavior, and that there are no spiritual consequences? If you think that you are protecting your child from harming themselves by allowing them to be taught the message in these "comprehensive" programs, think again.

Here is a report from the National Abstinence Education Association that shows what is being taught as a part of this curricula. - STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE

Here is a report on a study that was conducted by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the US Senate. This report clearly tells a different story than those who are applauding Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) for being able to see their side of the story while ignoring the truth. - REVIEW OF COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION

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