Family Makes Millions Taking in Federal Funds for Failed Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs

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Written by Martha Kempner for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

See all our coverage of Heritage Keepers Abstinence Education here.

Photo by Mandarin Strawberries.

This week RH Reality Check has been reporting on the Obama administration’s decision to add Heritage Keepers, an abstinence-only-until-marriage curriculum, to its list of evidence-based programs.  As a number of my colleagues pointed out in an earlier article this decision seems to be based solely on unpublished research that has already been declared flawed.  And, as I pointed out in an article detailing the content of Heritage Keepers the program is more marriage promotion than sexuality education and was definitely one of the curricula that sexuality educators were eager to see disappear as the funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs dried up. Truth be told, though, many of us were also eager to see the creator of the programs, Heritage Community Services—an organization that went from tiny to wealthy almost exclusively on taxpayer’s money—disappear as well.

Heritage Community Services was founded in 1995 by Anne Badgley as an adjunct organization to the Lowcountry Crisis Pregnancy Center which she had founded in 1986. Today, the two groups are separate non-profits but they continue to share the same office and some staff members. Like most crisis pregnancy centers,  Lowcountry exists to convince women facing an unplanned pregnancy not to choose abortion. The organization’s website explains:

Because LPC does not profit from your decisions, we do not provide or refer for abortion, and we do not sell or refer for birth control.”

The organization also discusses the “emotionalproblems that women can expect after an abortion:

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