Groups Challenge Abstinence-Only Curriculum

Turnabout is fair play… In referring to abstinence only programs, James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth said, “Never in recent history has so much government money been put into so many programs with so little oversight and so little proven impact.”

Two organizations that promote sex education are taking an unorthodox approach in their fight against federal funding of abstinence-only education programs.

Relying on a little-used law that allows “affected persons” to seek the correction of information disseminated by federal agencies, the groups said Tuesday that the abstinence education programs contain erroneous and ineffective information. They asked the Health and Human Services Department to correct it.

About three-quarters of the challenges made under the two-year-old Information Quality Act have come from industry groups concerned about regulations.

The two sex-ed organizations, Advocates for Youth and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, support educating youth about contraceptives as a means of avoiding pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

“Turnabout is fair play,” said James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth. “We’ll use this and any other tool at our disposal to ensure that youth receive honest and accurate sex education.”

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