2.16.16 | Michael Stone
Good news: President Barack Obama removes all government funding for abstinence-only sex education programs in public schools.
In particular, Obama’s 2017 budget proposal eliminates a $10 million-a-year grant program for abstinence-only education run by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Obama’s budget for the fiscal year 2017, the final budget of his administration, not only eradicates abstinence-only-until-marriage sex education funding, it also increases funds for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, maintains funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, and calls for a five-year extension of the Personal Responsibility Education Program, according to a statement released by The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S.
Vice President for Policy, Interim President and CEO of the The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS), Jesseca Boyer, issued the following statement in response to the good news.