HHS Gives Planned Parenthood Orlando $2.4 Million to Fund Sex Ed for Teens

Penny Starr | March 29, 2013 | 12:06pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) – Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescence Health is giving Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando $2,388,950 in grant funding for its “Teens Rise!” project.

The $477,790 grant given each year over five years from 2010 to 2014, is part of $75 million in grants to 75 organizations in 32 states for “evidence-based program models effective at preventing teen pregnancy,” according to OAH, which administers the grants.

On the home page of the “Teens Rise!” website, under WTF (What’s the Facts!) teenage visitors can learn that there are “two types of abstinence and both keep you from getting pregnant.”

“Continuous abstinence is not having sex play with a partner at all. Celibacy abstinence is when you have previously had sex, but have now decided to wait for that special person or event. Continuous abstinence is the only one that’s 100 percent effective!” the web site states and provides a link to the “ABC’s” page where graphic descriptions of sexual acts and condom and other contraceptive uses are posted.

“You’re in control more than ever!” is the text above a photo gallery of contraceptives, including birth control pills, patches and the “Morning After” pill. “Check out these options to prevent pregnancy if you’ve decided to have sex.”

Some of the advice offered on “Condom Facts You Need to Know” include:

• Make sure the penis is erect.

• Hold the tip of the condom to squeeze out air and leave space to collect semen.

• Have vaginal, oral or anal sex.

• Carefully take the condom off the penis.

• Throw the condom in the garbage, NOT in the toilet, bushes or under the bed

• Use a new condom if you want to have sex again.

“The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is charged with implementing the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) grant program,” the OAH website states. “In 2010, OAH awarded $75 million in cooperative agreement grants through a competitive process to support the replication of evidence-based program models effective at preventing teen pregnancy to 75 organizations in 32 states and the District of Columbia.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando is one of those 75 organizations.

“Awards ranged from $400,000 to $4 million per year for up to five years. An independent review of program evaluations identified 31 evidence-based models that had been proven, through rigorous evaluation, to be effective. As a result of this evidence review, projects based on effective program models were eligible for replication under the TPP Program.”

The other millions of dollars of grants awarded over a three to five-year period were given to a wide range of government and non-profit organizations, including state and county health and education departments, universities, and community health clinics.

The Orlando-based Planned Parenthood affiliate announced winning the grant money on its website.

“Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando, Inc. was awarded a Teenage Pregnancy Prevention grant by the HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) to replicate two evidence-based programs – Safer Sex and SIHLE (Sisters Informing, Healing, Living, and Empowering).

“Together, these two programs are known as the “Teens RISE!” Project,” the announcement said.

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