South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is expected to introduce the Senate version of a bill that promotes abstinence education.
Keep your hands to yourselves, kids.
On Valentine’s Day 2013, Illinois Reps. Randy Hultgren, a Republican, and Daniel Lipinski, a Democrat, re-introduced the Abstinence Education Reallocation Act, which would reform federal funding of sex education.
An earlier version of the bill would have allocated $110 million in annual federal funding to educational programs that include a focus on forgoing sexual intercourse until marriage.
“The bill will not increase the federal budget, but will fund the program through monies already allocated in Secretary [Sebelius]’ Prevention and Public Health Fund,” a press release by the National Abstinence Education Association said.[RELATED: Abstinence Lobby ‘Very Encouraged’ by Scott Senate Appointment]
“Teens often remark that they wished more adults believed they were capable of making healthy decisions,” said NAEA President Valerie Huber in the press release. “These congressional leaders are sending teens a strong message of their support and the passage of this bill will amplify that support by providing practical skills for them to succeed in achieving optimal sexual health.”
Huber also bashed a bill—the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act—introduced by New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg and California Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee, which would provide funding to “comprehensive” sex education programs that teach about contraceptives. Huber said that bill “provides harmful messaging that puts teens at risk by suggesting that condoms make sex safe.”
According to the NAEA, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is unmarried, “plans to introduce the [abstinence] bill in the Senate after the Congressional recess.”
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