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Obama Budget Would Eliminate Spending on Abstinence-Only Sex Education

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama wants to eliminate spending on abstinence-only education and spend the money on programs to reduce teen pregnancy that do not take an abstinence-only approach.

The proposal in Obama's 2010 budget plan released Thursday could run into opposition from conservatives.

Administration budget documents say Obama wants to redirect funding from "abstinence-only education programs to evidence-based and promising teen pregnancy prevention programs."

The state grant program for abstinence education that Obama wants to eliminate is getting $38 million in 2009. He is requesting $50 million instead to support existing teen pregnancy prevention programs and develop new ones.

The most positive results, Obama's budget plan asserts, come from programs that "provide a range of services in addition to comprehensive sex education."