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Abstinence-only curricula comes under fire

Abstinence-only curricula are coming under increasing fire. The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois recently warned superintendents that abstinence-only programs often include false or misleading information and said recent studies show that abstinence-only programs do not prevent teens from engaging in premarital sex and may deter young people from using condoms or from getting tested and treated for STDs. Yet under policies put in place by the Bush Administration, schools that want federal funds for sex education can only receive grants if they agree to teach solely from abstinence-only curricula.