President Obama Cuts All Abstinence-Only Education from 2017 Federal Budget

U.S. President Barack Obama announces his appointment of former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano and Tom Donilon to the the newly-created Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity in the Oval Office at the White House February 17, 2016 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America
U.S. President Barack Obama announces his appointment of former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano and Tom Donilon to the the newly-created Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity in the Oval Office at the White House February 17, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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It’s official: Obama has cut all abstinence-only education from the 2017 federal budget. In his proposed budget for 2017, Obama has eliminated a $10 million-a-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services that funds these programs. Over the past 25 years, Congress has spent over $1.5 billion on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, despite there being no study in a professional peer-reviewed journal that has found this method effective. Again, there is no evidence that supports abstinence-only sex education.

In 2007, a study from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy released Emerging Answers 2007, a report authored by leading sexual health researcher Dr. Douglas Kirby, discussing what programs work in preventing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. The report found strong evidence that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs do not have any impact on teen sexual behavior.

The study concluded, “At present, there does not exist any strong evidence that any abstinence program delays the initiation of sex, hastens the return to abstinence, or reduces the number of sexual partners. In addition, there is strong evidence from multiple randomized trials demonstrating that some abstinence programs chosen for evaluation because they were believed to be promising actually had no impact on teen sexual behavior.”

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SOURCE: Teen Vogue