Washington state denied abstinence-only funding

12/24/2007 | SeattlePI.com

Because Washington schools are now required under state law to provide students with information about contraception and preventing sexually transmitted diseases, the federal government is cutting off the state's abstinence-only sex education grants. "We believe kids ought to be taught a comprehensive sex education with abstinence-only included in that program," said state Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell. "If the federal government will not agree to that ... I guess that's too bad. I wish they would look at a balance because that's what kids need."

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