Government-Funded Abstinence Education: Not Working
BUT GROUPS ARE STILL MOOCHING OFF S.C. TAXPAYERS
A faith-based abstinence only organization based in Charleston, S.C. has raked in millions of dollars of government grants in recent years as part of a failed effort to prevent unwed mothers from having babies.
From 2006-2010, Heritage Community Services has received nearly $12 million – most of it in the form of government grants – to promote abstinence education across the state of South Carolina. So … how’s that taxpayer-funded investment paying off? Not well.
According to statistics provided by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), the percentage of live births to single mothers in the state of South Carolina continues to climb. In 2005, 43.4 percent of all live births were to single mothers. Five years later, that percentage had increased to 46.9 percent.
Look … we have no problem with single mothers. Like the great Rod Tidwell told Jerry Maguire, “a single mother is a sacred thing.” Nor do we have a problem with abstinence only education – so long as taxpayers aren’t being forced to subsidize it.
“South Carolina has no business whatsoever funding any sort of sex education – abstinence-themed or otherwise,” we wrote last year in addressing this funding.
Why not? Because sex education is not a core function of government. Seriously … even if unwed births were declining in South Carolina as a direct result of the outreach of some politically connected Holy Roller, that doesn’t mean taxpayers should be picking up the tab for the program.