Alabama: Abstinence-Only Programs in State Losing Federal Funds
May 20, 2009
A number of Alabama programs that teach public and private school students to be sexually abstinent until marriage could lose federal support under the budget proposed by the Obama administration. Nationally, earmarked abstinence-only funding would be jettisoned in favor of $173 million for pregnancy prevention programs. Funding through Community Based Abstinence Education is also at risk.
On June 30, SAFE anticipates losing federal funding totaling about $200,000 a year. However, it has raised about $220,000 in matching funds and so can continue functioning, said Williams: "We've been doing this before there were federal funds, and we will be doing it afterward."
Others welcome the change. "There appears to be movement toward a broader, healthier sex education message," said Jamie L. Keith, executive director of Alabama Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Sex education programs should still encourage delayed sexual debut until maturity, but they should be supported on the basis of studies proving their efficacy, she said. "The common theme is we want to reduce pregnancy among teenagers."
05.14.2009; Dave Parks
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.