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Action Alert: Say NO to Abstinence-Only Sex Education

August 9, 2010

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On Aug. 30, governors nationwide face a critical decision: Apply for comprehensive sex education funds, apply for monies for abstinence-only programs -- or ask the federal government for both.

But years of research have already shown abstinence-only programs to be ineffective.

Which is why we're urging you to tell your governor TODAY to choose funding for comprehensive sex education in your home state.

Our nation has already spent more than $1.5 billion on abstinence-until-marriage education. Thanks to advocates across the country, however, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently launched the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), which allows states to apply for $55 million this year in federal dollars for comprehensive sex education. Unfortunately, states also have the option to apply for $50 million to support Title V abstinence-only sex education programs.

Take action. Ensure that your your governor makes the right choice.



  
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This article was provided by Housing Works. It is a part of the publication Housing Works AIDS Issues Update. Visit Housing Works' website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
 
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