Press Room

December 01, 2004

Category: HIV & AIDS

HRC: New Report Finds Abstinence-Only Programs Mislead Adolescents

'These programs fail to deliver young people life-saving prevention education,' said HRC Political Director Winnie Stachelberg.

WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign Political Director Winnie Stachelberg made the following statement concerning a report released today by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., finding abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula contain false and misleading information:

"These programs fail to deliver young people life-saving prevention education. It's shameful that tax dollars are being spent to dangerously mislead our adolescents. As we commemorate World AIDS Day, Representative Waxman's report falls in line with our own report card giving the United States a failing grade in prevention efforts. With roughly 40,000 new infections in the U.S. each year, it's time to stop putting federal funds toward programs driven more by ideology than science. Our nation's students deserve comprehensive sex education programs that are scientifically proven to work."

Download "The Content of Federally Funded Abstinence-Only Education Programs" report and Waxman's press release regarding the report.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.