In spite of the ever-mounting research showing that it is completely ineffectual, it appears as though the Bush administration's abstinence-only, wait-until-marriage programs for schools will be renewed.
According to 365gay.com:
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies has voted to continue funding the Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) program. The federal government now spends about $176 million annually on abstinence-until-marriage education.
This is despite that fact the a study last year by Congress showed that students who participated in abstinence only programs were just as likely to have sex as those who did not. The Mathematica Policy Research study also found that students who attended the abstinence classes reported having similar numbers of sexual partners as those who did not and had their first sexual experience at about the same age.
Abstinence-only programs also completely ignore the health needs of gay students, since the programs focus only on "no sex until marriage" and completely ignore the existence of LGBT people.
This has lead to 16 states actually refusing the federal money for the programs since they do not work.
Said Caroline Fredrickson of the ACLU:
It's hard to imagine a good reason why, in these tight economic times, Congress would intentionally flush taxpayer dollars down the drain by spending them on disproven, ineffective abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. We are floored that they continue to ignore study after study, and the consensus of the public health community, all concluding that these programs censor vital health care information, teach gender stereotypes, discriminate against lesbian and gay teens, and in some cases promote religion in the classroom in violation of the Constitution.
It is unthinkable that Congress would continue to fund and push this broken, dangerous program. We need fully comprehensive sex education that speaks to all youth.