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Funding For Ineffective Domestic Abstinence-Only Programs Authorized

Written By: Jennifer Redner
September 29, 2009

 

CapCritFNLDuring consideration of the health care reform bill, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) gained the support of a majority of the Senate Finance Committee to restore $50 million in funding to ineffective abstinence-only programs. The amendment passed by a vote of 12 – 11 with Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Kent Conrad (D-ND) joining all the Republicans to vote in favor of the amendment. Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) introduced a comprehensive sexuality education amendment in an effort to defeat the Hatch amendment that also passed by a vote of 14 – 9.  Ironically, this comprehensive sexuality education amendment also had the support of Senators Lincoln and Conrad, who both voted in favor of the amendment.  Despite the confusing and disorienting tactics being used during mark-up of the legislation, advocates will continue to work to ensure that the bill provides clear direction in support of comprehensive sexuality education for our young people to enable them to have access to all the information needed to make healthy decisions in their lives.  Removing the provisions in support of disproven abstinence-only education programs, which have already received more than $1 billion in scarce taxpayer dollars, will be a priority as the health care reform debate continues.

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3 Responses to "Funding For Ineffective Domestic Abstinence-Only Programs Authorized"
  1. Folks wanting to contact your Senators to make sure the Hatch Amendment is striped from the bill can email them here:

    http://amplifyyourvoice.org/titleV

    • audaciaray says:

      Thanks for commenting with the link – I did this when you posted it earlier this week. Got nice notes back from both my NY Senators, who are working to make sex education comprehensive.

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