Petition to Congress
End Wasteful Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Spending
In March 2011, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced the Repealing Ineffective and Incomplete Abstinence-Only Program Funding Act of 2011. The bill would end funding for Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage programs and redirect this funding to the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), a state grant funding stream for more comprehensive sex education programs.
To date, the federal government has spent more than $1.5 billion on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. Congress continues to provide $50 million each year for Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, despite a 10-year Congressionally mandated evaluation that showed that these programs have no impact on teen behavior.
In contrast, the Personal Responsibility Education Program currently provides $75 million each year in first-of-its-kind state grant funding for comprehensive sex education programs that have been scientifically evaluated to have a measurable impact. This bill would expand funding for this groundbreaking program.