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Feds award $5M for abstinence education

Bob Kellogg   (OneNewsNow.com) Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The National Abstinence Education Association says the Obama administration, which has a history of opposing sexual abstinence education programs, was essentially forced by Congress to award hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to such programs.

abstinenceThe Department of Health and Human Services recently announced nine winners of $5 million in grants to be used for abstinence education over the next two years. HHS's Administration for Children and Families announced the winners in the Competitive Abstinence Education Grant Program as part of the FY2012 spending approved by Congress and signed by President Obama in late 2011.

The federal agency elected to divide the $5 million between two years, thus guaranteeing the grant recipients assured funding for both years of the grant. The grants to the nine groups ranged from roughly $250,000 to $650,000.

Valerie Huber of the National Abstinence Education Association says the amount of money is insignificant, but that tens of thousands of youngsters in the target group (ages 10-19) could benefit. She explains why the Obama administration, which opposes abstinence education, appropriated any funds at all.

Huber, Valerie (Nat'l Abstinence Educ. Assn.)"They were specifically tasked by Congress to appropriate these funds for an authentic abstinence education program," she shares. "So they really had no recourse but to do just that."

According to the abstinence proponent, Congress has proposed dividing sex education funding equally between comprehensive sex-ed programs and abstinence education for the upcoming fiscal year.

"I believe that there's like 20 or 25 million [dollars] for each in there," says Huber. "If at the end of the day that proposal would be approved for FY2013, then we would see a significant shot in the arm for this program."

HHS published the list of grant program awards late last month.

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