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Task Force urges Congress to strip heinous abstinence-only funding from Labor Health and Human Services Appropriation Bill

Date: 
June 08, 2007

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WASHINGTON, June 8 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., today urged Congress to remove abstinence-only funding from the Labor Health and Human Services Appropriation Bill, expected to be voted on next week by the House Appropriations Committee.

While the legislation includes positive increases in funding around HIV/AIDS, runaway and homeless youth and domestic violence programs, it also includes an egregious increase in abstinence-only funding for the Community Based Abstinence Education program — the largest and most controversial federal abstinence-only funding program. Widely reported scientific studies have unequivocally shown the ineffectiveness of abstinence-only programs.

Since 1982, more than $1.5 billion in government funding has been given to abstinence-only programs, which have been proven ineffective and often contain religious doctrine, inaccurate medical information and harmful stereotypes about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“It is appalling that anyone would even consider increasing funds for a thoroughly debunked and harmful program like abstinence-only education. The nation is counting on Congress to ensure that every adult and young person receives factual, scientifically-based information about their health. Instead, we are being denied the critical information we need to protect ourselves. Congressional Democrats can and must end these programs once and for all — and do it now.”

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