New York rejects federal funding for abstinence only education
Bravo to the State of New York for rejecting federal funding for abstinence only propaganda:
ALBANY, N.Y. - Federal and state funding for abstinence-only sex education will end in New York and state money will now go to programs deemed more effective, officials announced this week.
The state received up to about $3.7 million annually from the federal government for abstinence-only programs since 1998, according to state Health Department spokeswoman Claudia Hutton. Another $2.6 million in state money was allocated each year for the programs. [AP]
The Congressional Democrats actually increased funding for abstinence-only-until-heterosexual-marriage programs this year as part of a compromise to pass a much larger package of legislation.
New York isn't the first state to say no. Nine other states already decline federal dollars for these ineffective, dangerous, and constitutionally questionable programs.