A recently-signed federal funding bill contains a welcome funding increase for sexual risk avoidance education (SRAE), also known as abstinence-based education.
According to Ascend (a pro-abstinence organizations), President Donald Trump signed legislation on September 28, 2018 that contains $10 million in additional abstinence-based education funding. The signed bill reportedly increased SRAE funding from $25 million in 2018 to $35 million in 2019. Ascend reports that SRAE grant funding has steadily grown from an initial amount of $5 million in 2012.
Ascend has expressed gratitude to Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) for their efforts to obtain this funding increase.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms applauds this increase in SRAE funding. We believe the Biblical teaching that premarital sexual activity is sinful (see I Corinthians 6:18-20; 7:1-2). Furthermore, the consequences of violating the Biblical prohibition on sexual immorality are wholly negative; those consequences can include relationship breakdown, sexually transmitted disease, infertility, extramarital pregnancy, abortion, child poverty, and family structures that deprive a child of a married mother and father.
As any believer might expect, the Lord knew exactly what He was doing when He forbade His children from sexual immorality. Instead of teaching young people the ins and outs of birth control, abortion, and homosexuality, public schools ought to tell them the truth: Abstinence isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s also the smart thing to do.