No New Money!|
2002-09-24, 11:08 a.m.
Tell the President and Vice President that You Don't Support Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs
Ask that NO NEW MONEY go to these Harmful Programs
Please contact President Bush and Vice President Cheney and ask that NO NEW MONEY be appropriated for the Special Projects of Regional and National Significance-Community Based Abstinence Education (SPRANS-CBAE) program when the Labor-HHS appropriations bill is considered.
The SPRANS program is the most strict of any of the federal government's abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. Recipients of this money must teach all 8 points of the federal government’s definition of abstinence-only education. This means that programs must teach that “sexual activity outside of the context of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects” and that “a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is the expected standard of sexual activity.”
There is no evidence that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs work. In fact, new research has concluded not just that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs remain unproven, but also that they may actually be causing harm to the young people subjected to them by undermining use of contraceptives once participants become sexually active.
SPRANS funding has increased dramatically every year since the program was first created. This year, the President is asking for an increase of $33 million for a total of $73 million for SPRANS. NO NEW MONEY should be appropriated for this unproven, unrealistic program.
The Senate Appropriations Committee flat-funded SPRANS at $40 million.
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