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Planned Parenthood urges McDonnell to accept federal money for sex education

Anita Kumar

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia is urging Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) to apply for a federal grant to teach comprehensive sex education instead of abstinence-only education.

The group sent out an alert to supporters across the state last week and is encouraging them to contact McDonnell to ask him to apply for money for a program that would include information about disease and pregnancy prevention as well as abstinence. Already, 589 emails have been sent to the governor's office.

The program would "provide much-needed revenue to teach medically accurate, age-appropriate sex education programs,'' according to the alert sent to supporters.

The Obama administration recently made money available for the sex education program without requiring a state match. In previous years, the only money available was for the abstinence-only program that included a state match.

"Planned Parenthood urges Governor McDonnell to reject funding for the failed Title V abstinence only funding and instead apply for the new federal Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) funding that supports programs proven effective at helping young people make healthy decisions" said Jessica Honke, director of public policy at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia. "Youth deserve accurate, complete information to help them postpone sexual activity and protect themselves when they become sexually active."

More than 20 states, including Virginia, had rejected abstinence-only funding in the past because of a state match requirement.

McDonnell spokeswoman Stacey Johnson said the state could choose to apply for both grants and that Department of Health officials are evaluating which, if any, of the grants the state will apply for this year. The deadline to apply is Aug. 30.

McDonnell has found himself on the opposite side of Planned Parenthood before. The organization, which serves 30,000 women in the state a year, endorsed his opponent, Democrat Creigh Deeds, in last year's election. It protested McDonnell's threats to defund the organization and opposed his proposal that limited funding for abortions.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 17, 2010; 10:22 AM ET
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Don't give Planned Parenthood one red cent. They are the largest killer of unborn babies and they have all kinds of financial blunders. Their California offices PPGG are being denied membership by the National Organization for "misappropriation of funds" , their annual reports don't match the federal tax dollars they have received already, read Rita Dillar's article on PP's missing millions...they cover for sexual predators by not reporting statutory rape to authorities - and they have a eugenic and racist history- Watch the powerful documentary- Maafa21 which shows the founders racist books, quotes, and interview (Trailer of Maafa21 here http://www.maafa21.com) When will this insanity stop? Planned Parenthood is no place where tax dollars should go - rather they should be closed down permanently !

Posted by: rapnsum | August 17, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

It's clear that rapnsum is not to be heeded. "Unborn babies"? No such thing. Babies have already been born.

Obviously, someone so clueless must never be taken seriously.

Posted by: bflorhodes | August 17, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell is such a rightwingnut, planned parenthood is wasting their time.
McDonnell would rather see half the teenage girls in VA get pregnant or some STD then allow some educator talk to them about sex in a way that acknowledges abstinence isn't the only option.
McDonnell doesn't want our children to know there are safe ways of having sex, he just wants them to be scared of sex.

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 17, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Scott Peterson is serving time in a California prison for murdering the unborn human in his wife's womb.

Unborn babies, unborn humans, do exist, according to California law. And we all know that California is one of the most enlightened, progressive, literate, sophisticated and informed states in America.

Posted by: blasmaic | August 17, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

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