Congress is set to vote today on abstinence-only programs that have proliferated in the past five years.
President Bush favors an extension of funding for the programs. They were created as part of a massive 1996 welfare law. The programs bar any discussion of condoms or birth control _ other than to explain their limitations.
A study released yesterday says the programs have had trouble engaging parents and local schools. The report -- written by independent evaluators -- concludes there is no reliable evidence that the programs are effective in reducing teen sex, pregnancy or the transmission of disease.