Responses - Advocacy / Dating / Instruction & Teaching Abstinence

For Title V Funding (5/02)

For Title V funding are: “Abstinence Education” – an educational or motivational program which –
“(A) has as its exclusive purpose, teaching the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by abstaining from sexual activity;
“(B) teaches abstinence from sexual activity outside marriage as the expected standard for all school age children;
“(C) teaches that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems;

“(D) teaches that a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is the expected standard of human sexual activity;
“(E) teaches that sexual activity outside of the context of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects;
“(F) teaches that bearing children out-of-wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the child’s parents, and society;
“(G) teaches young people how to reject sexual advances and how alcohol and drug use increases vulnerability to sexual advances; and
“(H) teaches the importance of attaining self- sufficiency before engaging in sexual activity.” [AbstinenceE-mail Update Special Edition 24May 02]