McDonnell Applies for Abstinence Only Sex-Ed Funds
Last week Governor Bob McDonnell applied for 1.3 Million dollars in grant funding for Abstinence Only Sex Education programs. Craig Carper reports.
Localities will be free to implement the sex education program of their choosing, however the grant funding will exclusively supplement schools who choose to teach abstinence only.
Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia had lobbied the Governor and expressed disappointment that he chose not to also pursue the Personal Responsibility Education Grant Program that includes information about disease and birth control as well as abstinence. States are allowed to apply for both grants and allocate the money to localities appropriately, based on their choice of curriculum. The Family Foundation of Virginia, by contrast, praised the Governor’s decision.
Governor McDonnell said he believes his choice coincides with the beliefs of most Virginians and called abstinence-plus programs controversial.
McDonnell: I think an overwhelming majority of Virginians and Americans agree that the first course of action for young people to avoid sexually-transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies is to engage in an abstinence-only program. In other words, if we can get young people to have good healthy moral behavior, that’s the first and best choice.
Unlike previous years, the Obama administration recently made the abstinence-only funds available without requiring a state match. Governor McDonnell had previously criticized former Governor Tim Kaine for rejecting the funds when the state match was required.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Richmond