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“Abstinence-Only” Programs: Ideology Over Science

For more than 25 years, ideology, not science, drove America’s response to the twin epidemics of teen pregnancy and STD/HIV infections.  Congress created the first “abstinence-only” program to promote family-centered solutions to problems associated with teen sexuality, such as unintended pregnancy.  Unfortunately, federal grants were awarded that provided young people with medically inaccurate information and did nothing to ameliorate the problem of teen pregnancy

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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