For many lawmakers, particularly in today's austerity-obsessed political environment, the only way to save a dollar is to not spend that dollar. But if politicians really want to reduce government spending, there are more than a few areas where funding today can save millions of taxpayer dollars tomorrow. Besides being sensible policy initiatives, the following investments can also cost us less overall than doing nothing.
Skip navigation! Story from US News. President Trump's proposed budget for the fiscal year includes many things: Cuts to social programs like Medicare and Medicaid, increasing the country's defense spending, slashing the food assistance program, and privatizing from federal airports to the International Space Station.
For more than four decades, sex education has been a critically important but contentious public health and policy issue in the United States [ 1 — 5 ]. AOUM was funded within a variety of domestic and foreign aid programs, with 49 of 50 states accepting federal funds to promote AOUM in the classroom [ 78 ]. Since then, rigorous research has documented both the lack of efficacy of AOUM in delaying sexual initiation, reducing sexual risk behaviors, or improving reproductive health outcomes and the effectiveness of comprehensive sex education in increasing condom and contraceptive use and decreasing pregnancy rates [ 7 — 12 ].
The MeToo movement has many people expressing confusion regarding what constitutes sexual assault and concern they will be targeted with accusations. One step forward, health experts say, would be to start funding better sex education programs in schools. Undergraduate women who took sexual education classes before college were half as likely to be sexually assaulted in college, according to a recent study by Columbia Universitycompared to undergraduate students who received abstinence-only education and saw no reduction in rates of assault. This is just the latest study to show sex education programs that put an emphasis on consent and healthy sexual relationships could help reduce the rate of sexual violence amongst young adults.
The reigning orthodoxy among public health officials is that the more government spends on sex education the fewer teen pregnancies there will be. Now, however, British researchers have found empirical evidence that appears to demonstrate the exact opposite. To their surprise, the researchers found that after sex education budgets were slashed, teen pregnancy rates fell by
Teen sexual health outcomes over the past decade have been mixed. On one hand, teen pregnancy and birth rates have fallen dramatically, reaching record lows. On the other hand, rates of sexually transmitted infections STIs among teens and young adults have been on the rise.
Reuters Health - U. Across the country, government-funded abstinence-until-marriage education did not predict a reduction in teen births - and in conservative states, it was associated with higher adolescent birth rates, the study found. For the country as a whole, money spent on abstinence-only programs had no effect on adolescent birth rates, the researchers found.
On April 20,the U. Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Teen Pregnancy Prevention TPP Program—a grant program created by the Obama administration in to reduce teen pregnancy rates in the United States—will provide funding only to organizations promoting abstinence-only approaches. While the American public is demanding ways to tackle teen pregnancy and other issues such as unhealthy relationships, 4 the federal government is reducing access to critical intervention tools—an important one being comprehensive sex education.