Text: H.R.2874 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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112th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2874

To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, to award grants on a competitive basis to public and private entities to provide qualified sexual risk avoidance education to youth and their parents.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 8, 2011

Mr. Hultgren introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, to award grants on a competitive basis to public and private entities to provide qualified sexual risk avoidance education to youth and their parents.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Abstinence Education Reallocation Act of 2011”.

SEC. 2. Sexual risk avoidance education.

(a) Grants.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, may award grants on a competitive basis to public and private entities to provide qualified sexual risk avoidance education to youth and their parents.

(b) Qualified sexual risk avoidance education.—To qualify for funding under subsection (a), sexual risk avoidance education shall meet each of the following:

(1) The education shall be age appropriate.

(2) The education shall be medically accurate.

(3) The education shall be an evidence-based approach.

(4) The education shall have as its sole purpose teaching of the skills and benefits of sexual abstinence as the optimal sexual health behavior for youth.

(5) The education shall include, consistent with paragraphs (1) through (4), teaching of each of the following:

(A) The holistic health, economic, and societal benefits that can be gained by refraining from nonmarital sexual activity, through teaching practical skills that promote self-regulation, goal setting, and a focus on the future.

(B) The clear advantage of reserving human sexual activity for marriage, as a key contributing factor in the prevention of poverty and the preservation of physical and emotional health, based on social science research.

(C) The foundational components of a healthy relationship and related research regarding the individual, economic, and societal advantages of bearing children within the context of a committed marital relationship in order to form healthy marriages and safe and stable families.

(D) The skills needed to resist the negative influences of the pervasive sex-saturated culture that presents teenage sexual activity as an expected norm, with few risks or negative consequences.

(E) The understanding of how drugs, alcohol, and the irresponsible use of social media can negatively influence healthy sexual decision making and can contribute to aggressive sexual behavior.

(F) A focused priority on the superior health benefits of sexual abstinence, ensuring that any information provided on contraception does not exaggerate its effectiveness in preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancies.

(c) Priority.—In awarding grants under subsection (a), the Secretary shall give priority to applicants proposing programs to provide qualified sexual risk avoidance education that—

(1) will serve youth spanning ages 12 to 19; and

(2) will promote protective benefits of parent-child communication regarding healthy sexual decision making.

(d) Definitions.—In this Act:

(1) The term “age appropriate” means appropriate for the general developmental and social maturity of the age group (as opposed to the cognitive ability to understand a topic or the atypical development of a small segment of the targeted population).

(2) The term “evidence-based approach” means an approach that—

(A) has a clear theoretical base that integrates research findings with practical implementation expertise that is relevant to the field;

(B) matches the needs and desired outcomes for the intended audience; and

(C) if implemented well, will demonstrate improved outcomes for the targeted population.

(3) The term “medically accurate” means referenced to peer-reviewed research by medical, educational, scientific, governmental, or public health publications, organizations, or agencies.

(4) The term “sexual abstinence” means voluntarily refraining from sexual activity.

(5) The term “sexual activity” means genital contact or sexual stimulation including, but not limited to, sexual intercourse.

(e) Authorization of appropriations.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—There is authorized to be appropriated $110,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2016 to carry out this Act. Amounts authorized to be appropriated by the preceding sentence shall be derived exclusively from amounts in the Prevention and Public Health Fund established by section 4002 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 300u–11).

(2) FEDERAL ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS.—Of the amount authorized to be appropriated by paragraph (1) for a fiscal year—

(A) not more than $1,000,000 are authorized to be used for Federal administrative costs; and

(B) of the amount used by the Secretary for such costs, at least 40 percent shall be used for training and technical assistance by qualified experts who—

(i) have singular experience in providing programmatic support in abstinence education;

(ii) have expertise in theory-based abstinence education curriculum development and implementation;

(iii) have experience in developing sexual risk avoidance evaluation instruments; and

(iv) can offer technical assistance and training on a wide range of topics relevant to the sexual risk avoidance (or abstinence education) field.