Abstinence-only funding GONE in 2010!

Bam.  My world just changed.  And so did the worlds of teenagers, preteens, and children across the country.

Instead of abstinence-only, Obama’s 2010 budget puts $173 million into teen pregnancy prevention money.  Now, while this is great (GREAT!) news, it’s not quite what I was hoping for.  Preventing unwanted pregnancies (teen or otherwise) is only a part of what good sex, comprehensive sex education does.  I’m hoping that Obama is just doing this as a mid-ground move, and that in the next few years that money will all be funneled directly into teaching our young people about safe, responsible, healthy sexuality.

Now if you will pardon me, I am going to go and be boggled by the possibilities.

(You can read more about the budget on Amplify Your Voice, you can see the whole budget at the White House’s website, and you can read the specifics of the Department of Health and Human Service’s budget in this download.)

About Karen Rayne

Dr. Karen Rayne has been supporting parents and families since 2007 when she received her PhD in Educational Psychology. A specialist in child wellbeing, Dr. Rayne has spent much of her career supporting parents, teachers, and other adults who care for children and teenagers.