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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