Buh-bye, abstinence-only education

Good news: President Obama has eliminated abstinence-only education funding in his 2010 budget. Joe at Amplify Your Voice writes:

Not only are all of the abstinence-only funds eliminated, but $173 million dollars will now be going to teen pregnancy prevention programs around the country that don’t have to adhere to the ridiculous standards that were there before.

While we can celebrate this news for now, we aren’t quite out of the woods yet. A door is still open for Congress to sneak these funds back in if we don’t put enough pressure on them.

Of the $110 million that are going to state-based teen pregnancy prevention programs, 75% are going to “evidence-based” programs, while 25% are going “new models” which aren’t explicitly defined. The danger here is that Congress might still try to slip abstinence-only programs into the budget during the appropriations process. David Obey, the Democratic chair of the Appropriations Committee, has tried to increase funding for abstinence-only programs in the past, and we need to make sure that he and his colleagues don’t allow this to happen now.

He’s right that we should stay vigilant on this one, but it is great news. Now drop a note to your Congressperson and tell them to make sure inaccurate, dangerous abstinence-only ed stays in the trash bin where it belongs.

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Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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8 Responses to Buh-bye, abstinence-only education

  1. Joe Sonka says:

    Thanks Jill!

    Now let’s celebrate tonight, and then keep fighting tomorrow!

  2. Maggie says:

    1) I’m so glad he’s doing good on “eliminating programs that don’t work”
    2) why the hell am I only the second one to comment on this? what fucking AWESOME news

  3. Maggie,

    Yeah, I was wondering that, too. We can’t be the only ones really excited about this, can we??

  4. micheyd says:

    I’m excited too! I guess it feels kind of odd, after encountering the frustrating illogic of the Bush years, to have things moving in the right direction suddenly and without much fanfare.

  5. Michele says:

    Excellent news!!! Incredible to wake up and hear some good news, isn’t it?

  6. Nikki says:

    I love Obama!!!!

  7. Jessica says:

    OH yeah! I knew Obama would save us all. After making My abstinence teacher cry I’ve been praying for this day. Maybe now all those poor stupid kids will learn about those newfangled things called condoms. ;)

  8. Tha says:

    I am so glad he did this. It is a step in the right direction, FINALLY!! That program of teaching abstinence was just as effective as converting gays to straight therapies.

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