According to the Administration of Children and Families (ACF), the division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that administers the Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage funding, 25 states are no longer participating in this program. Moreover, ACF acknowledges that two more states will be out at the end of Fiscal Year 2008. With states rejecting Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage funding, Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) are losing a significant funding source.
Though CPCs began as medical centers for women, as the abstinence-only-until-marriage industry grew, CPCs soon developed abstinence-only-until-marriage programs and sharply increased their federal funding. CPCs teach abstinence-only-until-marriage on site, as well is in communities and public schools.[i]
A July 2006 report released by Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) titled False and Misleading Health Information Provided by Federally Funded Pregnancy Resource Centers found that CPCs had received over $30 million in federal funding under the Bush administration between 2001 and 2005.[ii] Virtually all of that funding has been funneled through federal abstinence-only-until-marriage funding streams, including the Title V and Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE).[iii]
In Fiscal Year 2007, 34 CPCs in 18 states received Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage funding totaling nearly $3 million. In addition, 22 CPCs across the country also received CBAE funding, which comes directly from ACF, totaling almost 12 million dollars in that same year. A number of CPCs, like New Hope Center, Inc. in Kentucky, received both Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage and CBAE funding in Fiscal Year 2007.
“It is encouraging to see that as states move away from the harmful abstinence-only-until-marriage programs supported by Title V funds, more and more CPCs are losing their funding and with it their ability to spread misinformation to young people,” said William Smith, vice president for public policy at the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. “We hope that moving forward more states decide to opt out of the Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage funding, and that those states who continue to receive the funds reconsider their investments into these dishonest establishments.”