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Obama’s Budget and Sexual Health Education

Posted by Condomologist on May 8, 2009

There’s no doubt uproar and anger upon reading any President’s proposed annual budget — and make no mistake, the Democrats and Republicans both have a lot of beef this year — but it’s hard to argue with the intentions of this administration when it comes to promoting evidence-based, comprehensive sexuality education — and maybe more importantly, eliminating funding for abstinence-only education. No doubt some are already arguing he’s not allocating enough resources to the struggle to reduce unintended pregnancies and prevent HIV transmission both here and abroad — and maybe they’re right — but at least his heart and mind are in the right place. From the insanely long budget comes this nugget:

“The 2010 Budget proposes a new Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative to support community-based and faith-based efforts to reduce teen pregnancy using evidence-based and promising models. In addition, a new Strengthening Communities Fund will help build the capacity of non-profit organizations and State, Local and Tribal entities to better serve low-income and disadvantaged populations. This Budget also proposes funding for (1) a new child welfare initiative, and (2) a human services case management system for Federally-declared disasters. This Budget eliminates funding for Community-Based Abstinence Education, the mandatory Title V Abstinence Education program, the Compassion Capital Fund, and Rural Community Facilities.”

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