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  •  A question (2+ / 0-)
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    zericm, RandomSequence

    fund abstinence-only-until-marriage programs for young people up to the age of 29!

    up to the age of 29 -- so this is funding for nonmandatory, optional programming encouraging abstinence-only?

    I don't like the funding at all, I just want to be clear on what we're talking about.

    •  I Didn't Really Think Of 29-year-olds (0+ / 0-)

      as "young people." I broke abstinence when I was 17. At the time I thought I was retarded. Now I realize I was way younger than I thought I was at the time.

    •  Here's some background information (0+ / 0-)

      It's basically a huge increase in a direct funding stream for rightwing groups to push abstinence programs onto whomever they can. The Dems promised to abolish it as recently as a month ago. Now, after a concerted lobbying effort by conservative groups, they're throwing more money at it.

      I have no reason to believe that the Dems will actually get $10 billion more in social welfare funding when all of the negotiating is done. But I'll bet this $141 million will stay in there, no matter what.

      And it is very important to me.

      Read more:

      Community-Based Abstinence Education {CBAE}
      In October 2000, the federal government created yet another funding stream to support abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. Under this third funding stream... the federal government awards grants directly to state and local organizations.

      Whereas under Title V funding, states ultimately decide which programs receive funding, all decisions regarding CBAE funding bypass the state approval process entirely. Instead, HHS awards grants directly to community-based organizations. Programs funded under CBAE are required to teach all eight points in the federal eight-point definition.

      These more restrictive standards are clearly an attempt by conservative lawmakers to gain greater control of funding. In fact, in early 2006, ACF released a new funding announcement for CBAE programs. With this call for new proposals, CBAE programs have become that much more ideologically driven.

      The new funding announcement views sexual abstinence prior to marriage as the magic elixir to a more perfect life. Sexual abstinence before marriage is credited with leading to a happier life, including having a healthier marriage, having more money, having healthier future children, being more "responsible" parents, being honorable and having integrity, attaining a better education, having fewer psychological disorders, avoiding drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, committing fewer crimes and staying out of prison, and having a longer life span.  )

      Funding for CBAE began in Fiscal Year 2001 at $20 million. By Fiscal Year 2006, CBAE increased 475% to a total of $115 million. The President has proposed increasing this funding stream to $141 million for Fiscal Year 2007.

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