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Halt Funding Increase for Abstinence-Only "Education"

A Democratic Congress is poised to give a failed policy - abstinence-only-until-marriage programs - its second-largest funding increase. The House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee voted this week to increase funding for the Community Based Abstinence Education Program by $27.8 million in fiscal year 2008. We need your help to change this unconscionable situation!!

Congress should support reproductive health policies that are effective, save taxpayer dollars and protect the public health. We are pleased to see that in this same House Appropriations bill, members of the committee approved an increase to Title X, the National Family Planning Program. But the increase for abstinence-only-until marriage programs is outrageous and unacceptable.

Join us in asking Congress to:

1. Cut not increase funding (currently at $113 million) for the Community Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) program;
2. Continue its support for the Title X, National Family Planning Program;
3. Support funding for comprehensive sex education

Please email your lawmaker in the House of Representatives, as well as Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Representative David Obey, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Let them know that it is unacceptable to increase funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.

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Support Real Sex Education

Since 1996, Congress has allocated more than one billion dollars for unproven, medically inaccurate sexuality education programs that focus exclusively on abstaining from sex and censor information that can help young people make responsible, healthy and safe decisions about sexual activity.

There is no conclusive evidence that these programs reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections, yet there is credible evidence that they deter sexually active teens from using condoms and other contraceptives. Nevertheless, the Bush Administration continues to push for increased federal spending on these misguided and harmful abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.

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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!