President Trump’s 2018 budget is supposably including a $277 million investment in abstinence-only education.
This investment is lined with VP Mike Pence’s passion for abstinence-only program. This budget does nothing but ignore past research explicitly saying how ineffective the abstinence method is.
Three states (Oklahoma, Mississippi and Arkansas) have policies that aim toward abstinence-only sex education.
It was found by The Guttmacher Institute that “no program of any kind has ever shown success in convincing young people to postpone sex from age 17, when they typically first have intercourse, until marriage,” and teens who do commit to abstinence end up performing oral sex, which only increases transmission of STD’s.
Axios reports that lawmakers could reject and scrap some of the budget, but will mainly work to keep some of the administrations goals.
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