Saturday, March 26, 2005

Legislating Sex Education

According to this brief report, currently there is no federal funding specifically for comprehensive sexual education programs [link to bill mine]:

Democrats in Congress are offering an alternative to the Bush Administration's proposal to spend $206 million on abstinence-only education. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) have introduced the "Responsible Education About Life" Act (H.R. 768) that would provide funding to states for programs that include information about both abstinence and contraception. The bill would create a grant program administered by the Health and Human Services Department that would award $206 million each year to states for comprehensive sex education. There are three federal programs that fund abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, but no federal funding currently exists specifically for comprehensive programs, according to Rep. Lee.


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