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The Cost of McDonnell's Agenda

The Richmond Times Dipatch's PolitiFact Virginia recently made clear that Gov. Bob McDonnell is costing the state money with his archaic political views. On Monday, June 27th, PolitiFact validated a claim made by NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia that "Virginia spends $400,000 on abstinence programs while losing $2.5 million in federal funds due to Gov. Bob McDonnell's 'political agenda.'"
 
While Governor Kaine had ended funding of abstinence-only education, his decision was reversed by McDonnell last year. PolitiFact breaks down their evaluation of NARAL's claim, giving economic justification to oppose McDonnell's support of abstinence only education:
- $400,000 spent was a close approximation, with $382,688 being matched in state funds, according to a spokesman for the governor, in order to participate in the Title V Abstinence Education Grant Program.
- The claim of $2.5 million lost is supported by an HHS announcement showing VA would have received $2,593,487 for comprehensive sex education, which does not require matching funds - not to mention the funds for 2012-2014 that VA will be ineligible to receive.
 
Read more about the economical ramifications of McDonnell's policy here and at NARALL's original blog post, here.

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