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House Adds $50 Million to Abstinence-Only Programs

The House recently appropriated $50 million in funding for abstinence-only education programs through the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant. This recent funding, which came under the Labor, HHS and Education appropriations bill, will bring the total funding for abstinence-only education to almost $125 million (National Abortion Rights Action League, 6/14). Advocates of abortion rights are critical of abstinence-only programs that deny young people of information about reproductive choice and contraception. President Clinton has threatened to veto the legislation because it ignores his proposals to include new teachers, schools, and child care and job training for teens.

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Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report - 15 June,