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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

200 Organizations Fight Abstinence Only

Now if these 200 organizations would also get on board to fight NCLB....

NEW YORK, June 6 /U.S. Newswire

Today, more than 200 organizations, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, launched a nationwide No More Money campaign in an effort to stop federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. Since 2001, when federal spending in these programs began to ramp up, a significant body of evidence has accumulated showing that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs are ineffective and potentially harmful. The medical community has never supported these programs and polling consistently shows that the American people reject them as well. Support for these programs on Capitol Hill has even waned, as a more comprehensive and medically accurate approach is being sought by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

"For the past five years, the deck has stacked-up against abstinence-only-until-marriage programs," said William Smith, vice president for public policy at the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS). "Now that it is clear that there is no sound research supporting these programs, no support in the public health community, and no support by the American people, we are asking Congress to stop funding these harmful programs," Smith continued.
Check out the website and TAKE ACTION at http://www.nomoremoney.org/

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