Fifteen States (Including Ohio and Virginia) Turn Up Noses at Money For Abstinence Education
(Hat tip: PewSitter.com)
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 8, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Fifteen states around the union each have scorned as much as half a million dollars in federal education funding because the money would have to go toward abstinence education that excludes a regimen of contraceptive-pushing lessons.My Comments:
The program, forwarded by the Bush administration, is being snubbed by states that are caving to the demands of schools to push contraceptive education as the only effective method for discouraging teen pregnancies.
Abstinence programs across the country are distressed at the move by the governors, who don't seem to care about the tens of thousands of families who do not want their children to be indoctrinated with a contraceptive mentality.
Virginia and New Mexico were the most recent to say they wouldn't tap into the $50 million fund for state programs managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, behind states such as Colorado and New York.
The states prefer to leave education up to organizations such as Planned Parenthood, that have a vested interest in recommending contraceptives and abortions to teens.
I recall during my years living in the Commonweath of Virginia when then-Governor George Allen refused to take the federal Department of Education's Goals 2000 grants until Congress stripped the grants of their accompanying federal policy mandates. Governor Allen, a Republican, took a beating in the press for turning down "free" federal money for what were described as "ideological" reasons.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that current Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, a Democrat, won't take a similar beating by the media for his refusing federal abstinence education dollars in what can only be described as a purely ideological decision.
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Ohio Governor Urged to Reconsider Decision to Reject Abstinence Funding
Ohio Governor Strickland Axes Abstinence Program
Because, You Know, When it Comes to the Pro-Life Issue at the State Level, It Doesn't Really Matter Which Party Gets Elected