Federal agency settles suit over religious abstinence program

Religious components must be separate for Silver Ring Thing
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to stop funding an abstinence program that included religious elements.

The American Civil Liberties Union announced February 23 that the settlement had been reached between its lawyers and federal officials in a case involving the Silver Ring Thing abstinence education group in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.

“We are pleased that the government has agreed to stop using taxpayer dollars to fund the Silver Ring Thing’s religious activities,’’ said Julie Sternberg, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project.


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