Does Marriage Prevent Pregnancy?

In releasing his 2010 budget outline today, President Obama indicates that his administration will continue funding abstinence-only-until-marriage sex education, an approach that has repeatedly failed to reduce teen pregnancy. It does nothing more than prohibit sexual activity among unmarried young people, as if sexual activity after marriage has a different outcome.

To prevent teen pregnancy, the president’s budget "supports State, community-based, and faith-based efforts to reduce teen pregnancy using evidence-based models. The program will fund models that stress the important of abstinence while providing medically-accurate and age-appropriate information to youth who have already become sexually active."

By stressing abstinence and faith-based partnerships and avoiding specific language regarding comprehensive sex education in his new budget, President Obama is signaling that he may continue the failed and religion-driven policies of the Bush administration. His language also implies that the only students to receive accurate and appropriate information will be those who have already become sexually active. So much for prevention.

See: Reproductive Rights Coalition Letter to President Obama (.pdf)

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