Trump Dismantles Major Piece Of Obama’s Legacy – Here We GO!
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During his time in the White House, Barack Obama championed explicit sexual education programs that were given to young children. Now that Donald Trump is in office, however, he is doing away with all of that.
The Hill reported that Trump’s White House has just announced that they will be shifting federal funding that goes towards reducing teenage pregnancy to abstinence programs. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that unlike what happened under the Obama administration, funding will be given to organizations that teach abstinence education to teens instead of the comprehensive sex ed approach the previous administration supported.
All organizations that want funding will have to follow one of two abstinence programs. The first programs uses a “sexual risk reduction model,” which is designed to reduce sexual risk behaviors, and the second uses a “sexual risk avoidance model,” which teaches teens to avoid sex completely
“Projects will clearly communicate that teen sex is a risk behavior for both the physical consequences of pregnancy and sexual transmitted infections; as well as sociological, economic and other related risks,” the funding announcement reads. “Both risk avoidance and risk reduction approaches can and should include skills associated with helping youth delay sex as well as skills to help those youth already engaged in sexual risk to return toward risk-free choices in the future.”
In contrast, Obama’s administration typically gave funding to organizations that taught comprehensive sex education, which can include teaching teens about contraception and abstinence. Democrats, of course, are furious about what Trump is doing.
“Both Democrats and Republicans have supported investing in evidence-based approaches to preventing teen pregnancy, so it is disappointing — and deeply concerning — that the Trump-Pence Administration is doing everything it can to undermine these investments in ways that take us in the absolutely wrong direction on this issue,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Health Committee. “These changes show yet again that the Trump-Pence Administration’s priority is imposing its extreme, backwards ideology, no matter what that means for women, families, and communities.”
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