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Obama’s budget changes sex education funding from abstinence-only to comprehensive education

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 20 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2008
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Barack Obama’s proposed budget will end most funding for abstinence-only sex education, which will reverse former president George W Bush’s policy. Instead it increases funds for comprehensive sex education.

    The proposed budget was sent to Congress on 7 May. Both houses of Congress will consider the budget, pass legislation to appropriate and authorise funds, and reconcile differences between the House of Representatives and Senate versions of the legislation. The 2010 budget year begins on 1 October 2009.

    The White House’s budget summary says, “The Budget supports State, community-based, and faith-based efforts to reduce teen pregnancy using …

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