42 U.S.C. § 710 - U.S. Code - Unannotated Title 42. The Public Health and Welfare § 710. Separate program for abstinence education

In general

For the purpose described in subsection (b) of this section, the Secretary shall, for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2017, allot to each State which has transmitted an application for the fiscal year under section 705(a) of this title an amount equal to the product of--

 the amount appropriated in subsection (d) of this section for the fiscal year;  and

 the percentage determined for the State under section 702(c)(1)(B)(ii) of this title.

Purpose of allotment

 The purpose of an allotment under subsection (a) of this section to a State is to enable the State to provide abstinence education, and at the option of the State, where appropriate, mentoring, counseling, and adult supervision to promote abstinence from sexual activity, with a focus on those groups which are most likely to bear children out-of-wedlock.

 For purposes of this section, the term “abstinence education” means an educational or motivational program which--

 has as its exclusive purpose, teaching the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by abstaining from sexual activity;

 teaches abstinence from sexual activity outside marriage as the expected standard for all school age children;

 teaches that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems;

 teaches that a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in context of marriage is the expected standard of human sexual activity;

 teaches that sexual activity outside of the context of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects;

 teaches that bearing children out-of-wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the child's parents, and society;

 teaches young people how to reject sexual advances and how alcohol and drug use increases vulnerability to sexual advances;  and

 teaches the importance of attaining self-sufficiency before engaging in sexual activity.

Applicability of , , and

Sections 703, 707, and 708 of this title apply to allotments under subsection (a) of this section to the same extent and in the same manner as such sections apply to allotments under section 702(c) of this title.

Sections 705 and 706 of this title apply to allotments under subsection (a) of this section to the extent determined by the Secretary to be appropriate.


For the purpose of allotments under subsection (a) of this section, there is appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, an additional $50,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2010 through 2015 and an additional $75,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2016 and 2017.  The appropriation under the preceding sentence for a fiscal year is made on October 1 of the fiscal year (except that such appropriation shall be made on March 23, 2010 in the case of fiscal year 2010).

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