Statement on End of Abstinence-Only Program Funding, Commissioner Richard F. Daines, New York State Department of Health

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On September 20, 2007, New York State Department of Health Commissioner Richard Daines announced that New York would no longer accept federal abstinence-only-until-marriage funding. Since 1998, New York has received $3.5 million a year for abstinence-only programming, and the state had spent an additional $2.6 million annually on it over the past decade. That money will now be used for actual sex education programming, according to Commissioner Daines. For more information on abstinence-only programming in New York, see the September 2007 report of the New York Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Rights Project, Financing Ignorance: A Report on Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding in New York.