Thursday, February 19, 2009

End Abstinence Only Sex Education

This article is compelling with many reasons for ending abstinence-only sex education. First and foremost, it DOESN'T WORK. It does not reduce the rates of teen sex, pregnancy, or sexually transmitted infections. Second, many of these programs have erroneous information about condom effectiveness in preventing pregnancy and STIs. Third, many of them includes seriously wrong stereotypes on race, gender, and sexual orientation. President Obama pledged as a candidate to get rid of these programs and support science-based age-appropriate sex education. Will he get his way? Maybe, but maybe not, due to too many Senators and Congressmen coming from areas where abstinence programs are popular.

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