President against what's best for teens

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Bob Kellogg (

A frequent spokesperson for teen sexual health says President Obama's proposed 2015 budget shows a blatant disregard for the majority of parents and the health of teens, as he has once again eliminated funding for abstinence education.

Huber, Valerie (Nat'l Abstinence Educ. Assn.)Valerie Huber of the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) says the president thinks abolishing abstinence education appeals to his political base, but he has it wrong.

"Even if it is only a political concern for him in speaking to his base, then he should have taken a different tact," she suggests, "because the majority of parents of teens who are Democrats do not support the president's perennial effort to eliminate the abstinence education or sexual risk avoidance approach."

She maintains the president's promotion of safe sex over abstinence is harming teens.

"Almost 75 percent of teens 15-17 have never had sex, and most of those who have say they wish they had waited," Huber reports. "So why would we want to eliminate a message and the encouragement that can help them have the best outcomes out there?"

Though the president has called for the elimination of funds for abstinence education each year of his presidency, Congress has always reinstated those funds into the budget.

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