We have a crisis on our hands: last month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that at least one in four teenage girls nationwide has a sexually transmitted disease.
On April 23, the pro-choice-led House held its first-ever oversight hearing on the Bush administration’s dangerous and discredited “abstinence-only” policy.
After 12 years of anti-choice domination in Congress, the hearing was a huge step in the right direction—and now we need your help!
Urge your lawmaker to end funding for Bush’s reckless “abstinence-only” policy.
I strongly oppose these dangerous programs, which by law must censor important health information about the benefits of contraception. Our teens are paying the price for not getting the facts. As you know, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced the shocking statistic that at least one in four teenage girls nationwide has a sexually transmitted disease.
On April 23, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, led by Rep. Henry Waxman, further exposed the reckless policy.
- Expert after expert testified that, ten years and $1.5 billion in taxpayer dollars later, "abstinence-only" programs still do not work.
- Worse yet, by denying teens information about how to protect themselves, these ineffective programs are doing active harm.
Please take steps to eliminate funding for "abstinence-only" programs and change the national policy so teens know how to protect themselves from the alarming STD crisis.