Students from around the United States will be visiting their congressional representatives today – Abstinence Day on the Hill (Thursday) – urging them to ignore President Barack Obama's call to defund abstinence education.
Valerie Huber of the National Abstinence Education Association says teens will spend the day urging their representatives and senators to support the SRA (sexual risk avoidance) abstinence programs. The NAEA's executive director tells OneNewsNow that teens have a powerful impact on politicians who do listen to their message.
"And what we've found is that it's very impactful when teens relate directly to their member of Congress [and explain] why it's important to put a priority on these programs," she shares. The NAEA website adds: "The most effective communicator on behalf of abstinence education is the teen who resides in the district of a member of Congress."
Huber says she's not certain how many teen representatives will be on Capitol Hill but that there are never enough.
"It's vital, really, that citizens from every one of the 50 states come and chat about this and say why it's important for their member to support abstinence education," she adds.
According to the NAEA, 75 percent of 15- to 17-year-olds haven't engaged in sexual intercourse. Rather than government-funded programs that teach them about contraception, Huber argues teens need to be taught how to avoid sexual intercourse in America's over-sexualized culture.
OneNewsNow now reported yesterday that Congress has decided to continue funding SRA abstinence education across the U.S. despite efforts by President Obama to slash that funding.