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Friday, October 27, 2006

New Jersey to Feds: Screw Your Abstinence Education Money

posted by on October 27 at 14:44 PM

New Jersey officials rejected $800,000 in federal abstinence-education funds, saying the new rules bar teachers from talking about contraception and require them to describe sex within marriage as “the expected standard of human activity.” New Jersey is the fourth state to reject abstinence education dollars.

“Some of the elements required are inconsistent and violate our own educational standards,” said Health Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs.

But Jacobs said new guidelines require the organizations to follow all sections, including one that teaches that monogamous in marriage is the only expected standard and that sex outside of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects.

“Monogamy is not a bad idea, but having the government of New Jersey dictate these things for families is not something we wish to do,” Jacobs said. “It isn’t the function of state government to create standards (for sexual activity).”

Via Kaiser.

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I know it's the wheel of chance, but no Stranger writer posts anything for an hour, and then after I catch Jen's post, 6 (maybe 7 by this point) posts go up in the next hour. Perhaps we're all on the same wavelength? I like slogging about art and there were some good comments. Sorry Erica, for busting in here, maybe Jen will post something again soon. Again, sorry, and um, yes, preach abstinence, courtship, manners all that, I guess.

Posted by jonathan | October 27, 2006 2:50 PM

Kudos to NJ...first the decision on gay this. The Garden State's looking better every day!

Posted by Joey in SF | October 27, 2006 3:23 PM

But everyone knows that abstinence makes the heart grow fonder ...

Posted by mistress jerry rodham falwell | October 27, 2006 4:21 PM

So I'd like to know what other states rejected the money....

Posted by Dianna | October 27, 2006 5:33 PM

PA, CA, and ME. It's in the article :)

Posted by Em from Philly | October 27, 2006 5:52 PM

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