1996, the federal government has spent more than $1.75 billion on abstinence-only sexual
education programs — programs that teach public school students about sex
through a religious filter, and fail to instruct them how to effectively
prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancies.
why Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) has introduced H.R. 3774, the Repealing
Ineffective and Incomplete Abstinence-Only Program Funding Act, which would
stop taxpayer funding for abstinence-only programs and support comprehensive
Rep. Lee said when she introduced the
to get serious about educating our young people about sex. Abstinence-only
programs fail to address the challenge of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted
infections among our youth, which have reached a critical level. We must ensure
that we provide comprehensive sex education programs that have been proven to
work, instead of throwing money away on programs that don't.”
Center for Inquiry (CFI) agrees. As detailed in our position paper on this subject, abstinence-only
programs are neither constitutional nor effective. Taxpayer
funding for abstinence-only education violates the principle of separation of
church and state by allowing public schools to indoctrinate children with antiquated
religious attitudes toward sexuality. It also causes great harm: evidence shows
that the highest rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases are
found in states with abstinence-only policies.
Sexual education should be reality-based, not religiously-based.
It’s time we spent our taxpayer
dollars on medically accurate, comprehensive sexual education programs based on
a scientific understanding of human nature.
CFI urges you to stand up for reason and science by
calling or writing your U.S. representative now and telling him or her to support H.R. 3774!
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Dear [Decision Maker],
As a friend of the Center for Inquiry, I am writing to you in support of H.R. 3744. This measure, which was recently introduced by Rep. Rep. Barbara Lee, would stop federal funding for abstinence-only programs and support comprehensive sexual education.
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