Once again stepping forward to try and fully remove ideology from sexuality education programs, Senator Frank Lautenberg and Representative Barbara Lee have reintroduced their bill, the Repealing Ineffective and Incomplete Abstinence-Only Program Funding Act. The bill would shift government funding for abstinence only programs to the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP). PREP provides information on abstinence but also includes information on contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and teaches about healthy relationships, adolescent development, financial literacy, and educational and career success.
At a time where every dollar expended by the government is scrutinized, it must be a priority stop the funding of ineffective abstinence-only programs. However, the Republican assault on everything related to sexual and reproductive rights and health includes efforts to eliminate existing funding for PREP. Neither basic logic about prevention nor sound public health policy is driving these decisions being made on Capitol Hill. That’s why Senator Lautenberg and Representative Lee’s leadership for this effort is so welcomed.
Take a moment to applaud this leadership and shoot a thank you email to Senator Lautenberg, who is also leading the fight to permanently repeal the global gag rule, and make a thank you call to Representative Lee at 202-225-2661 (only constituents can send her emails…and if you are, send one!)