April 17, 2009
This afternoon, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced it has applied for federal funding for abstinence until marriage education programs. This decision reverses former Governor Napolitano's refusal last year to request available federal dollars funding several Arizona abstinence education programs. State abstinence education providers will provide the required matching funds. Read the Department's press release here.
Abstinence education proponents including CAP, Arizona Catholic Conference, and Arizona Partners for Abstinence Education had requested Gov. Brewer reverse Gov. Napolitano's decision.
In a time where teen pregnancy rates remain unacceptably high, we applaud Governor Brewer's leadership in continuing these proven abstinence programs. Thank you, Governor Brewer!