New sex ed funding ends decade of abstinence-only

From Raw Story:

By The Associated Press
Friday, October 1st, 2010 — 9:00 am

Beyond condoms: A decade of abstinence-only ends as feds fund comprehensive sex-ed programs

For the first time in more than a decade, the federal government is funding sex education programs that aren’t based solely on abstinence. But they’re not just about handing out condoms, either.

Beginning this school year, a five-year, $375 million grant is being divided among 28 programs that have been proven to lower the pregnancy rate among participants, no matter their focus. Many programs distribute condoms, but about half also aim to boost teens’ academics, get them involved in extracurricular activities and even improve their parents’ job status.

Advocates believe this “above the waist” approach gives kids the tools to help them succeed in school and make better life decisions, especially about sex.

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