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Millions spent on abstinence plans -- how's that going?

The federal government spends $165 million on its top abstinence-until-marriage programs.

The goals of the programs, delivered by schools, human-service agencies and faith-based organizations, are to reduce the number of teen-aged pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. But it is difficult to say whether the programs are effective, the Government Accountability Office recently reported.

And the GAO expressed concern that some of the programs' materials are medically inaccurate.

Texas is among 10 states that received the largest share of federal funding for the Abstinence Education Program in 2005.

To see a pdf file of the report, go to www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-08-664T

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