New Jersey Rejects Federal Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Dollars!

The Star-Ledger reports that yesterday New Jersey rejected federal abstinence-only-until-marriage funding because “the strings attached to the [federal] money contradict [New Jersey’s] own sex education and AIDS education programs.” Since 1997, New Jersey had received around $800,000 a year from the federal government to teach these programs. New Jersey now joins California, Maine, and Pennsylvania as one of only four states in the nation that have rejected abstinence-only-until-marriage funding.

A state official quoted in the article notes that in the past, New Jersey had adhered to several, but not all, of the elements required to receive federal abstinence-only-until-marriage funding:

For instance, the state adhered to section C, which teaches that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.