Who says elections don't have consequences. It's taken three long years, but what a difference it makes. From a governor who eliminated funding for a time-tested way of teaching children how to grow up to one who restores it. The ink wasn't dry on the application forms for the federal grants before Planned Parenthood lobbed a rote response into the debate. Below is our contribution:

STATEMENT BY VICTORIA COBB, PRESIDENT OF THE FAMILY FOUNDATION OF VIRGINIA, CONCERNING GOVERNOR MCDONNELL’S APPLICATION FOR ABSTINENCE EDUCATON FUNDING

We are pleased that Governor McDonnell has applied for funding that will help effective and widely supported abstinence centered programs be available to Virginia’s public schools. Despite the rhetoric from the economic loser in this decision, Planned Parenthood, recent studies have shown that abstinence education effectively helps teens postpone risky sexual behavior.

Polling has shown that parents want their children to be taught abstinence and effective abstinence programs are available. This decision by Governor McDonnell is certainly in the best interest of Virginia’s children and families.