Thursday, April 24, 2008
House Committee Debates Federally Funded Abstinence-Only Education
How much evidence does Congress need to have about the ineffectiveness of abstinence-only education before it stops debating these programs and starts defunding them?
L.A. Times: Federal funding of abstinence-only sex education programs debated, by Sarah Wire:
WASHINGTON -- Continued federal funding of abstinence-only sex education in public schools was debated before a House committee Wednesday amid questions about whether the government should sponsor a program that many experts say doesn't work.
Most of the 11 witnesses who appeared before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform advocated instead for comprehensive programs that include information about how teenagers can protect themselves from pregnancy or disease if they choose to engage in sexual activity.