The Trump administration scraps funding for comprehensive sex education to focus on pushing abstinence-only programs
The administration tried to cut funding for evidence-based programs — which are proven to increase safer sex and help young people prevent unintended pregnancy — and re-focus of the funding to abstinence-only.
Division of Vital Statistics, NCHS
Teen pregnancy is currently at an all-time low, in part thanks to the educational resources provided by programs like the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.Vox
The administration wants to remove the requirement that sex education is based on scientific evidence.Quartz
Medical evidence shows that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs — which the administration has attempted to rebrand as "sexual risk avoidance" — don’t work, and can actually be harmful.Vice
85% of adults support keeping funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
Power to Decide
Without cuts, the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program would serve 1.2 million young people by 2020
Slashing funds disproportionately harms sexual violence survivors, LGBTQ teens, youth of color, rural communities and others who face barriers to care.
By eliminating funding for [the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program], we will set progress and families back decades, especially for families in rural communities like mine.”
Young people need accurate information to make healthy decisions about their bodies and their futures — without fear or shame. But abstinence-only programs often blame survivors for their own sexual assaults and ignore the needs of LGBTQ teens.Refinery 29
Across party lines, over 93 percent of parents say comprehensive sex education in schools is extremely important.Public Library of Science (PLOS) One