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A History of Abstinence-Only Funding in the U.S.

Government funding of abstinence-only-until-marriage programs is not new. In fact, the federal government has poured taxpayer money into such programs for over a quarter century. Beginning in 1981 under the Reagan administration, the federal government has consistently funded abstinence-only-until-marriage programs despite an overwhelming body of research proving they are ineffective and fail to achieve their stated goals.

This funding increased exponentially during the George W. Bush administration and continues today. As of today, Congress has funneled over $2.2 billion in taxpayer dollars into abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, also called “Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA)” programs.

Read more in our full report.

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