Thursday, June 12, 2008

Take a Minute Today to Tell Your Senator "Just Say No"

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know that there was increasing optimism that Congress might decide to stop funding abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. After all, 17 states have now decided to not accept this money which denies young people honest and accurate information about contraception and STD prevention. After all, the House held hearings in April that demonstrated that abstinence-only programs are not only ineffective but put young people at risk for STDS and pregnancies when they do become sexually involved. After all, more than 250 religious leaders let this hearing know that they support for comprehensive sexuality education. After all, the Congressionally sponsored major research study found that none of the programs studied actually delayed young people having sexual intercourse.

Yet, after all that, we've just learned that the Democratic-led Senate may vote as early today to extend the Title X abstinence only program as part of its extention of Medicaid.

It's time for Congress to do what these programs tell teenagers, "Just Say No." Here's a site that will help you send a message today. You can also call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, tell them what state you are from, and tell the person answering the phone that you are a person of faith and that your faith teaches truth telling. It's time, it's way past time, to end this program that does not.

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