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Truth Squad: Santorum claim that Obama blocks abstinence-only funds is false

Former Sen. Rick Santorum said during Sunday's Republican debate in Concord, New Hampshire, that President Barack Obama blocks federal funding for abstinence-focused programs. His comment repeated a similar statement during a January 2 speech in Iowa.
The statement: "In fact, he (Obama) has required programs not to talk about marriage, not to talk about abstinence, if -- in order to get federal funds."
The facts: While the Obama administration had proposed cutting federal funding for abstinence-focused education, the Affordable Care Act of 2010 included money for such programs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $110 million in grants in September 2010 for a range of groups, including more than $33 million for abstinence-focused programs in 29 states and Puerto Rico.
The verdict: False.