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States turn down US abstinence education grants

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Oklahoma will receive more than $517,000 for abstinence education this year even as other states decline the federal money and some plan to leave the program.

Some 50 million dollars is budgeted for the program this year but only 28 states remain in and Arizona and Iowa say they'll pull out next year.

The program teaches that sexual activity outside of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects.

The program was created by Congress in 1996 as part of welfare reform.

Oklahoma is to get $517,756 dollars this fiscal year.

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