Monday, June 12, 2017

With New Trump HHS Hire, Abstinence-Only Reboot Gets a Champion

When the Trump administration took office in January, advocates for sexuality education worried that there would be a resurgence of the failed abstinence-only-until-marriage programs that dominated the last Republican administration. There was hope, though, because President Donald Trump had never mentioned abstinence-only education, and the thought of a thrice-married, proud-of-his-playboy-days man condemning sex outside of marriage seemed too hypocritical even for this White House. These hopes have now been dashed. Trump’s budget in late May proposed about $160 million in funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs over two years.

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