Family Life Education Act would fund comprehensive sexuality education

November 2004
Contemporary Sexuality;Nov2004, Vol. 38 Issue 11, p5
The article reports that California Representative Barbara Lee is one of the sponsors of the Family Life Education Act (FLEA), which would reform an abstinence-until-marriage provision in the 1996 Welfare Reform Act to allow states to receive funding for both abstinence and comprehensive sexuality education, including contraception and HIV/AIDS education. Forty-nine states, except California, have accepted the funding, in many cases because of misinformation about what the abstinence-only-until-marriage programs require. California, in defense of comprehensive sex education, has rejected the funding. In another show of support for FLEA, the bi-partisan Pro-Choice Caucus, of which Lee is a member, incorporated the bill's provisions into the Putting Prevention First Act, a comprehensive prevention package that will help prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases and will significantly reduce the number of abortions.


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