NAEA - National Abstinence Education Association

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Group Sign on Letter to the Appropriations Committee:

Dear Chairman Obey, Ranking Member Lewis, Chairman Byrd and Ranking Member Cochran:

As you prepare to continue negotiations on the FY2008 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill, are writing to urge you to maintain the $141 million spending level for the Community Based Abstinence Education program that was included in the Conference Report vetoed by President Bush. We understand that the Conference Committee will be forced to make difficult decisions as it crafts a bill that can be signed into law by President Bush, and we urge your support for the CBAE program.

As parents, teachers, concerned citizens, providers of curricula and supporters of abstinence education, we urge you to maintain the $141 million funding level for this critical program. We also urge you to maintain the program in its current form.

CBAE funds provide support to public and private entities for the implementation of abstinence education for adolescents who are ages 12 to 18 in communities nationwide. Abstinence education programs have been shown to effectively reduce the risks depression, and out-of-wedlock pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as increasing chances for personal happiness and stability. These important programs have proven effective in teaching teenagers to stay healthy, develop strong self-esteem, and improve their futures. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have acknowledged the role of abstinence education in the national teenage pregnancy rate failing to a 58 year low. The CDC also found that the increase in abstinence among teenagers is substantially more responsible for the drop in teenage pregnancy rates than any increased contraception use.

Our communities have chosen to provide the message to our youth that abstinence is a good and healthy choice. The Community Based Abstinence Education program assists our community in its efforts to provide this message, and has allowed us to implement quality abstinence education programs. These important lessons about health and character will impact our youth for their entire lives.


Group Sign on Letter to President Bush

Dear President Bush:

As Congress prepares to continue negotiations on the FY2008 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill, are writing to urge you to share your support with the negotiators for maintaining the $141 million spending level for the Community Based Abstinence Education program. We understand that the Conference Committee will be forced to make difficult decisions as it crafts a bill that can be signed into law, and we urge your support for the CBAE program.

As parents, teachers, concerned citizens, providers of curricula and supporters of abstinence education, we urge you to maintain the $141 million funding level for this critical program. We also urge you to maintain the program in its current form.

CBAE funds provide support to public and private entities for the implementation of abstinence education for adolescents who are ages 12 to 18 in communities nationwide. Abstinence education program have been shown to effectively reduce the risks depression, and out-of-wedlock pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as increasing chances for personal happiness and stability. These important programs have proven effective in teaching teenagers to stay healthy, develop strong self-esteem, and improve their futures. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have acknowledged the role of abstinence education in the national teenage pregnancy rate failing to a 58 year low. The CDC also found that the increase in abstinence among teenagers is substantially more responsible for the drop in teenage pregnancy rates than any increased contraception use.

Our communities have chosen to provide the message to our youth that abstinence is a good and healthy choice. The Community Based Abstinence Education program assists our community in its efforts to provide this message, and has allowed us to implement quality abstinence education programs. These important lessons about health and character will impact our youth for their entire lives.



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November, 2007


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