And I quote: "If Federal funding for abstinence education were to go away the breadth of the approach will be hindered." [Valerie Huber, National Abstinence Education Association]
My WTF, let me show it to you:
* Illinois State law mandates that high school sex ed emphasis abstinence. So no federal program will make that "go away".
* $176 million Federal dollars currently bribe schools to teach only abstinence as pregnancy prevention. It is only this funding that is under reconsideration. Thus the current state is teaching one option, the alternative is teaching many alternatives. Cherchez the loss of "breath of approach" when one approach is replaced by diverse approaches?
* Currently 39% of Illinois schools teach only abstinence before marriage (another 60% present it as the best alternative).
* 66% of high school senior are sexually active.
* Teen pregnancy rate in the state increased this year, just as they did last year.
So, to sum up, not teaching kids about contraception has not proven to be a great way to reduce teen pregnancy.