Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Senate Committee Votes to Restore Ab-Only $$$

You might want to sit down for this one. We've got a long road ahead...

The Senate Finance Committee voted last night to RESTORE $50 million/year in federal funding of abstinence-only programs (I emphasize the word programs because, clearly, abstinence-ONLY is in no way "educational").

Earlier this year, President Obama took measures to eliminate federal funding of abstinence-only programs, option to use the money to fund programs aimed at lowering teen pregnancy. Now, however, money that could be used for effective, evidence-based educational programming, is back on the chopping block.

While things look grim, all is not yet lost. According to the Huffington Post, an alternative measure offered by Senator Bauchus, also passed. Before the the entire bill can pass the Senate, Senators will have to reconcile both measures approved by the committee. From there, the Senate and House versions of the legislation must then be reconciled and voted on by both bodies.

Passing legislation through Congress is a long process, but hopefully, this time, the finer details of the process will work in the favor of those seeking comprehensive sexual education. Keep an eye out and let us know if you hear more.

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