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Massachusetts plan to use abstinence funds in schools fails

Massachusetts plan to use abstinence funds in schools fails

A proposal by Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney to use $740,000 in federal abstinence funds for classroom instruction in the state was rejected by the state's house of representatives Wednesday, The Boston Globe reports. Lawmakers voted 104-44 to continue using the money for television, subway, and bus advertisements that promote abstinence among young people. The state senate also rejected Romney's proposal on a voice vote. A spokesman for the governor said he believes classroom abstinence programs are far more effective than advertising campaigns. But opponents of the plan say school-based abstinence programs could threaten the effectiveness of other sex education programs, including those that provide medically accurate information about the effectiveness of condoms in preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

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