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"In public health, as in a democracy, there is nothing worse than ignoring science."

A quote from former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, a Bush nominee who served from 2002-2006, who testified in front of Congress that he was repeatedly forced to put politics above scientific truth on subjects including abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.

STUDY: Impacts of Four Title V Section 510 Abstinence Education Programs (April 2007)

STUDY: Abstinence and abstinence-only education: A review of U.S. policies and programs (January 2006)

FACT SHEET: Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs Censor Vital Health Care Information

FACT SHEET: What the Research Shows: Helping Teens Make Healthy and Responsible Decisions about Sex

Arizona makes 16!
Rachel Hart
January 18, 2008

We just got word that the governor of Arizona announced today that she has turned down federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs! Arizona is now the 16th state that no longer accepts funds for these programs.

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Here are some snippets from the ACLU of Arizona's press release:

Napolitano made the announcement to eliminate the abstinence-only funds from her FY 2009 General Fund Executive Budget at a luncheon today sponsored by Planned Parenthood Arizona, stating she does not believe Arizona should spend money on "an educational system that doesn't educate."

Napolitano added she will send a letter next week to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announcing her intention to reject the federal, Title V abstinence-only funds, affirmatively refusing any money that will not fund "real, complete sex education in our schools."
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ACLU of Arizona Applauds Governor’s Rejection of Abstinence-Only Funds
January 18, 2008

PHOENIX - The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona today applauded Governor Janet Napolitano\'s decision to reject funding for the state\'s abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, which have proven ineffective, inaccurate, and gender-biased.
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Report Finds No Evidence to Continue Funding Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs
November 07, 2007

WASHINGTON – The American Civil Liberties Union today said a new report reviewing the effectiveness of 115 sex education programs provides strong evidence that it is time for the federal government to support comprehensive sex education programs. This report comes at the same time Congress is poised to again increase funding for abstinence-only-until marriage programs.
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ACLU Letters Prompt Government Monitoring of Oregon-based Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Program
July 23, 2007

Civil Liberties Group Asks to Review Documents Obtained Through the State\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Investigation

SALEM, OR - The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Oregon today asked the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) for copies of documents obtained through a state investigation into the possible misuse of taxpayer dollars to promote one faith over others in the abstinence-only-until-marriage program Stop and Think.
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We all want healthy families and teens, but what can we do to help foster these goals in our communities? For starters we can ensure that teens have the education they need to make responsible choices when it comes to sex. We can teach them about the benefits of abstinence while making sure that they have the information and tools they need to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases if they do start having sex. Together we can Take Issue, Take Charge!