Health Law Gives Abstinence-only Proponents New Life

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The health care reform law that President Barack Obama signed into law March 23 to help Americans get access to health insurance also took abstinence-only education off life support.

Those who favor a more comprehensive approach to sex education also won a $75 million allocation for evidence-based sex education in the measure (in addition to $110 million for teen pregnancy prevention provided in fiscal 2010).

But the clear victory went to those who support counseling youths to abstain from sex until marriage: an expired five-year authorization worth $250 million for these types of programs was renewed in the law.