For Immediate Release

NARAL Pro-Choice America Praises Introduction of Lautenberg-Lee REAL Act

WASHINGTON - Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice American and a former
teacher and state education official, today praised Sen. Frank
Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) for leading the effort to
establish the first-ever federal program for comprehensive sex

The Responsible Education About Life (REAL) Act would fund honest,
realistic sex education for young people in public schools around the

"This bill reflects the American value that our teens should get
honest, realistic information in the classroom," Keenan said.  "As
someone who spent 25 years as a teacher and state education official in
Montana, I commend Sen. Lautenberg, Rep. Lee, and all the bill's
supporters for answering the public's call to move away from the failed
Bush-backed 'abstinence-only' policy. Americans, especially parents,
want to provide teens with the truth about contraception and other ways
to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and avoid unintended
pregnancy. The parents I talk to believe that values are taught at home
and the facts are taught at school. The REAL Act reflects this

This year, in a departure from years past, Congress heeded the
public's call for a focus on commonsense solutions to prevent
unintended pregnancies and to cut funding for failed "abstinence-only"
programs of the Bush era by $14 million.


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Currently, states and localities can only receive federal funding if
they agree to teach "abstinence-only" programs in their schools.  That
means teachers must censor information about the health benefits of
contraception.  Under the REAL Act, states could apply for federal
funding to teach honest and age appropriate sex-education classes in
their schools.

NARAL Pro-Choice America will continue to work with lawmakers to advance this legislative measure as a part of its Prevention FirstPrevention First
initiative in 2005 to advance commonsense policy solutions to prevent
unintended pregnancies and therefore reduce the need for abortion.  initiative. NARAL Pro-Choice America launched the

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NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as "one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America."

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