President Obama recently announced the start of a new $110 million campaign that will fund programs that teach teenagers about the risks of specific sexual activity and the benefits of contraception. Just last month, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded $75 million to 75 groups to try to reproduce some of the 28 programs deemed to have been “proven effective through rigorous evaluation.” Then, DHHS awarded $35 million to 40 groups to test “innovative strategies” that appeared promising.
At the same time, however, in a political balancing act, the Administration also awarded twelve grants for about $9.3 million for abstinence-only programs! What the heck? For example, the Live the Life Ministries of
Tallahassee received $891,533 for its abstinence program! In Kansas, the “Women’s Clinic” received over $1 million and it is a crisis pregnancy center which tries to lure women in seeking abortions in the hopes of talking them out of their decision.
Of course, organizations that support abstinence only programs are disappointed that they did not receive more money. Too bad, I say.
As for President Obama tossing some money to these groups, I say – again – “what the heck?”