NH Executive Council votes to defund sex education program. Here’s why

After the New Hampshire Executive Council voted Tuesday to defund a sex education program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy, a spokesperson for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said she is working to replace the funding. And Democratic Councilor Cinde Warmington said she is talking with the full federal delegation to do the same.

“These programs help adolescents stay healthy by providing essential sex education, and they shouldn’t be politicized,” said Shaheen spokesperson Sam Paisley in an email.

The delegation stepped in in a similar way earlier this year when it secured $1.42 million for low-cost reproductive health care after the Executive Council voted to cut that funding.

NH Executive Council votes to defund sex education program. Here’s why

In Tuesday’s 3-2 vote, the council voted down two contracts that have funded an out-of-school sex education program for a decade.

Following the vote, a spokesperson for Amoskeag Health in Manchester, one of the two organizations chosen by the state to teach the sex education curriculum, said they will have to end their program without a state contract. The TLC Family Resource Center in Claremont could not be immediately reached, but Executive Director Stephanie Slayton told the Bulletin in October that it had already canceled its fall sex education classes and would have to cancel remaining classes without funding.

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