Concerned Women for America Outraged at President's Budget Eliminating Abstinence Education
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama's newly released budget reveals major cuts to abstinence education. Concerned Women for America (CWA) family experts, Penny Nance and Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, say in the statement below that America's children and public health will face the consequences:
Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America: "The president's budget pushes the agenda of special interest groups like Planned Parenthood in sexualizing our kids and ignores the research that backs up the effectiveness of Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) programs in schools. Parents and children deserve better than this. As the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) notes, students in successful SRA programs are more likely to delay sex than their peers."
Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Senior Fellow, CWA's Beverly LaHaye Institute: "It's months late, but, finally, Congress has a proposed budget from President Obama. In a typical move, the budget makes significant cuts to abstinence education, now called "Sexual Risk Avoidance". In an act of incredible hubris, and in defiance of Congressional intent, the president recommended moving block grant money away from abstinence education to contraceptive-based sex education, completely eliminating abstinence funding. At a time when STDs are at epidemic levels, how can any responsible adult advocate programs that encourage sexual activity for teens? Abstinence education is needed now more than ever, and most parents want their teens to have the full information provided by abstinence programs.
"Abstinence programs have helped greatly reduce teen sexual activity, teen abortions, and teen pregnancies. This is not the time to eliminate abstinence programs, nor should the president be pouring additional money into comprehensive sex education programs that have proved ineffectual and have, instead of helping teens, cost four times as much as abstinence programs and produced less favorable results.
"The FY2014 budget will only increase the current 1:16 funding disparity between SRA abstinence education and so-called 'comprehensive' sex education. This is despite the fact that polling shows parents, regardless of party, strongly support abstinence education.
"The National Abstinence Education Association indicates nearly 7 in 10 Democratic parents would like to see more equality in funding for abstinence education, and almost 60% specifically oppose the president's efforts to eliminate SRA funding.
"Valerie Huber, President/CEO of NAEA states: 'The president's move to eliminate Sexual Risk Avoidance abstinence programs is completely out of touch with what his base wants, what parents want, and what is in the best interest of America's youth. ... In addition, since nearly 75% of teens targeted for sex education classes (age 15-17) are not sexually active, one would expect federal sex education policy to reinforce these good decisions and encourage more teens to make the same healthy choices. Sadly, the president's recent budget ignores these compelling facts in favor of making a wrong-headed policy statement that serves the narrow agenda of special interest groups.'"
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