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Adding Insult to Injury: So-called “Success Sequencing” in abstinence-only programs

By Aimee Thorne-Thomsen, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, Advocates for Youth

They’re at it again! This week the House and Senate LHHS Subcommittees each released a Draft Spending Bill.  And do you know what they did?  They cut the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative funds by 90 percent in the House version, and a proposed 80 percent in the Senate! As if that weren’t bad enough, each bill sets aside millions in new funding for so-called sexual risk avoidance programs  - $10 million in the House bill and a proposed $20 million in the Senate.  Risk avoidance, that sounds positive, right?  Not so fast.  Sexual risk avoidance is just abstinence-only by another name.

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