List of States Rejecting Abstinence-Only Funding GrowsMarch 12, 2008
Iowa recently became the 17th state to opt out of federal funding for abstinence-only education. In making this decision, Iowa joins a host of other states — including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming — who have rejected millions of dollars of federal funds in favor of teaching comprehensive sex education in schools.
Abstinence-only programs have never been proven effective in delaying the onset of sexual activities of young people and, in fact, often result in riskier sexual behavior by teenagers. AAUW believes that only with complete and accurate reproductive health information can young people make informed and appropriate decisions. These programs should be age appropriate and include, but not be limited to, abstinence education.
If your state is one that has rejected this funding, how has it had an impact in your state’s schools? Do you support your state’s decision? If the schools in your state teach abstinence-only education, is there a movement to get your legislators to change their position?
To take action now, urge your representative to get REAL about sex education by cosponsoring the Responsible Education About Life Act (H.R. 1653). This bill would authorize federal funds for states to offer comprehensive and medically accurate sex education in their schools. You can also read AAUW’s position paper on abstinence-only education.