the end of funding for abstinence-only miseducation

It’s official! The White House has released the proposed 2010 federal budget and funding for abstinence-only education misinformation and propaganda masquerading as science is gone!!!! Community Based Abstinence Education funding is gone!!!! Title V abstinence-only funding is gone!!!! (scroll to page 39 of the pdf for the section on sex education)

True to his word, President Obama is proposing funding programs based on “evidence-based and promising models” to lower teen pregnancy rates that are based on science. You know- that system of developing models of how things work based on evidence, research and peer review, rather than lies. Pretty darn cool.

Of course, there are still some unanswered questions, such as what exactly “evidence-based and promising models” means. And the question of how funding for comprehensive sex education for teens, which we desperately need,  will work still seems to be up in the air.

This is a big step. Let’s keep it going!

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