Thursday, November 19, 2009
Senate Health Care Bill Restores Abstinence-Only Funding
Taken from today's Newsweek article -
While the Senate toned down the House's language on abortion restrictions, it may have ratcheted things up with another controversial, reproductive health issue: abstinence-only education. Sec. 2954 of the Senate health reform bill, released Wednesday evening, restores funding for abstinence education.
Their provision would restore a program called Title V, which, since the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, has allocated a yearly $50 million in grants to abstinence-only education programs.
If the Senate language survives reconciliation, the Title V program will be extended through 2014.