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State Profiles

The State Profiles provide educators, advocates, and policymakers with a snapshot of laws and policy, current events, and statistics, as well as a detailed explanation of how federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs is being spent in each state

Special Reports

It Gets Worse: A Revamped Federal Abstinence-only-until-marriage Program Goes Extreme
On January 26, 2006, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new funding announcement for Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) programs. With this call for new proposals, ACF promulgated a series of new assaults on logic, science, and individual dignity and liberty. The new funding announcement represents a significant departure from previous announcements and in the process, seems to have checked both evidence and reality at the door.

Policy Updates

Each month, we create these brief synopses to help parents, educators, and advocates stay up-to-date and informed on events and decisions on Capitol Hill and across the country. The following is a list of recent policy updates related to comprehensive sexuality education. To see all our policy updates, go to our Policy Updates page.

Arizona School District Adds Condom Instruction To Sex Education Curriculum AS Legislature Seeks To Make Sex Education Less Accessible (April 2010)

Senate Finance Committee Votes To Fund Comprehensive Sex Education; Restore Failed Title V Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding (October 2009)

Rising Teen Pregnancy Rates Steer Texas School Districts Away From Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage (October 2009)

Senate Eliminates Existing Abstinence-Only Funding; Invests in Evidence-Based Prevention (August 2009)

Audit Report Shows Former Title V Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Grant Coordinator Misused Funds (August 2009)

Aclu: Ideologically Based Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Program Is Out of Line With Science and State Law (June 2009)

State of Sex Ed in Illinois Supports Needed End To Abstinence-Only Funding (April 2009)

Obama Signs Fiscal Year 2009 Spending Bill; Provides First-Ever Cut To Abstinence-Only Programs (March 2009)

New Report On Florida Supports Need for Passage of the Healthy Teens Act (February 2009)

Arizona Rejects Title V Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding (January 2008)

President Releases Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Request; Cuts Critical Healthcare Program; Requests Huge, Increase for Abstinence-Only Programs (January 2008)

State in Focus: the Status of Sexuality Education in Illinois (January 2008)

New Mexico Rejects Title V Federal Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funds (December 2007)

Congress’ 2007 Endgame Brings Good and Bad News for Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues (December 2007)

Congress Passes Six-Month Extension of Title V Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Program (December 2007)

More Bad News for Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs (November 2007)

Virginia Rejects Title V Federal Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funds (November 2007)

Fiscal Year 2008 Labor-Hhs Appropriations Bill Moves Through Congress;President Vetoes Bill That, Includes $28 Million, Increase for Cbae (October 2007)

The Politics of Health 2008: the Candidates On Health Care (September 2007)

New York Rejects Title V Federal Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding (September 2007)

Naea Launches Media Campaign Against Massachusetts Governor (September 2007)

Congress Temporarily Extends Title V Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Program (September 2007)

The Politics of Sexuality 2008: the Candidates’ Views Uncovered (August 2007)

Oklahoma Legislature Expands State Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding (August 2007)

House Proposes Important Fixes With Reauthorization of Title V Abstinence-Only Program (August 2007)

Study Finds That Abstinence-Only Programs Do Not Affect Rates of HIV Infection, Sexual Behavior (August 2007)

New Evidence On Youth Sexual Behavior Suggest A New Direction Is Needed (July 2007)

House Passes Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Spending Bill (July 2007)

Administration for Children and Families (Acf) Continues To Blur the Intent of Its Own Guidance for Title V Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding (June 2007)

Aclu, Advocates for Youth, and Siecus Call On Government To Stop Funding Medically Inaccurate and, Incomplete Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs (May 2007)

Federal Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs Proven Ineffective in Delaying Sexual Activity Among Young People (April 2007)

Wisconsin and Ohio Reject Fiscal Year 2007 Federal Title V Funding (March 2007)

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