Saturday, September 12, 2009

ACLU Sues over Abstinence Education in Mississippi

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Mississippi on Wednesday asked a federal court in Mississippi to end government funding of what they called religion in the state’s abstinence-only-until-marriage program.

-- From "ACLU Files Federal Lawsuit Over DHS Abstinence Rally" posted at WAPT-TV (ABC) Jackson, Miss. 9/9/09

The case was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District on behalf of a teen and two community members who attended a state-sponsored abstinence summit in May of this year.

The ACLU said the Department of Human Services crossed the line of separating church and state with the number of religious speakers and faith-based groups who performed at the summit.

In July, DHS officials said the program works. The department reported a drop in the number of teenage births between 2006 and 2008, though Mississippi still leads the nation in the category.

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