Obama Administration Still Funding Ignorance Only Sex Ed

Obama Administration Still Funding Ignorance Only Sex Ed May 4, 2012

Mother Jones reports that the Obama administration is not only continuing to fund ignorance-only sex education programs, they’ve even declared one of them to be “evidence-based” and achieving results despite the fact that studies have shown it doesn’t work.

Thought “abstinence only” education was a thing of the past, at least at the national level? Looks like it’s still part of the officially sanctioned curriculum from the US Department of Health and Human Services for teen pregnancy prevention.

The HHS Office of Adolescent Health lists theHeritage Keepers Abstinence Education as one of the 31 “evidence-based programs” that “met the effectiveness criteria” for preventing teenage pregnancy. RH Reality Check flagged its inclusion on Tuesday, noting that the program was quietly added to the list sometime in April. The program is based in South Carolina and focuses on schools in the state…

The RH Reality Check piece notes that an August 2007 report on the Heritage program prepared for HHS found that it “had little or no impact on sexual abstinence or activity.” So it’s not exactly clear why it’s on a list of “evidence-based programs” that “met the effectiveness criteria” for HHS.

Yet the Heritage website now proudly boasts that it is “the only authentic abstinence education program in the United States identified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as having demonstrated it’s [sic] effectiveness.”

The more things change…


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