HHS a Cut above on Liberal Sex Ed

Barb Wire

When the American people elected Donald Trump, they won a lot more than the White House. They also won a makeover of government agencies bogged down by eight years of radical social policy. Nowhere is that more obvious than the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Secretary Tom Price is already making his mark on the office, starting with the appointment of several key conservatives. Now, seven months into the new administration, big changes are already on the horizon.

With the help of former FRCers Charmaine Yoest and Teresa Manning, HHS leaders are making deep cuts in funding for the liberal sex education programs that have plagued parents for almost a decade. More than 81 “teen pregnancy prevention” programs have already been notified that their checks are already canceled or will be as soon as the fiscal year ends. “Due to changes in program priorities, it has been determined that it is in the best interest of the federal government to no longer continue [your] funding,” read the letter obtained by the LA Times. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to most, not since Valerie Huber, a longtime leader in sexual risk avoidance circles, took the job as the chief of staff for HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. Before her tour at HHS, Valerie managed Ascend (formerly the National Abstinence Education Association) which empowers teenagers to make positive choices about sex.

Now, instead of letting politics dictate what programs to fund, HHS is relying on the Left’s worst nightmare: science! For years, the government’s own programs have shown how ineffective Obama’s “if-it-feels-good-do-it-with-a-condom” approach have been. So if liberals are upset with the department’s new approach, they’ll have to take it up with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which just validated her holistic approach in a sweeping study of its own. In a revealing report, CDC officials make it clear that teaching kids to save sex for marriage might just spare them from a long list of other health risks. Students in grades 9-12 who made positive decisions about sex were just as likely (or more!) to avoid other dangerous behaviors. “Virginity among teenagers of all ages correlates closely with the presence of married parents.Each change in family structure during adolescence (from married to divorced, from single to married, or from divorced to stepfamily) increases the risk of initiation of sexual intercourse for many of the teenage children in these unions.”

HHS was already shaping up to be a huge headache for the radical Left. But now, even Congress is lending a helping hand by putting perhaps the most conservative Labor-HHS appropriations bill on the table ever. Jam-packed with conscience protections, abstinence education, a Planned Parenthood defund, and bans on fetal tissue research, Secretary Price and House Republicans are making quite a team.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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