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States Apply for Restrictive Sex Education Programs Money

By July 15, states must turn in applications for $250 million authorized by Congress for programs that promote abstinence as the only way to prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Planned Parenthood and other groups that support more extensive sex education, however, point out that an “abstinence only” message to teenage students is unrealistic and has dangerous consequences. These groups also worry that states will take money out of existing programs to match funds for the federal grants. Conservative groups, on the other hand, fear that states will ignore Congress’ intent and allow programs that teach abstinence but also discuss contraception. Both sides lobbied states which were putting together the grant proposals to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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USA Today - July 14, 1997

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