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States dropping Christianist abstinence-only programs because they don't work

And besides, why should they fund consulting rackets by Christianist mullahs? WaPo (on A01, no less):

The number of states refusing federal money for "abstinence-only" sex education programs jumped sharply in the past year as evidence mounted that the approach is ineffective.

At least 14 states have either notified the federal government that they will no longer be requesting the funds or are not expected to apply, forgoing more than $15 million of the $50 million available, officials said. Virginia was the most recent state to opt out.

Two other states -- Ohio and Washington -- have applied but stipulated they would use the money for comprehensive sex education, effectively making themselves ineligible, federal officials said. While Maryland and the District are planning to continue applying for the money, other states are considering withdrawing as well.

Until this year, only four states had passed up the funding.

"We're concerned about this," said Stan Koutstaal of the Department of Health and Human Services, which runs the program. "My greatest concern about states dropping out is that these are valuable services and programs. It's the youths in these states who are missing out."

Yeah, right.

Good to see people finally coming to their senses on this.

Of course, it's too late for the thousands of Africans the Christianists will have murdered by denying them condoms, but better late than never, say I.

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Teen Birth Rates Up for First Time in 14 Years, U.S. Reports

I guess they forgot that "Just Say No" doesn't really work.