End “Abstinence-only” sex education. Stop this failed policy.

Abstinence-only sex education has been an utter failure.  Compared to traditional sex education, it actually increases teen pregnancies.  It is time to end this profoundly stupid approach once and for all.

Want proof?  The states that promote abstinence only education are doing the worst when it comes to teen pregnancy:

Mississippi continues to have the highest teen birth rate, with 55 births per 1,000 girls. New Hampshire has the lowest rate at just under 16 births per 1,000 girls…Mississippi does not require sex education in schools, but when it is taught, abstinence-only education is the state standard…New Hampshire, on the other hand, requires comprehensive sex education in schools that includes abstinence and information about condoms and contraception. (source)

This might seem shocking, except for the fact that pretty much every other piece of data out there shows the same thing:

Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle found that teenagers who received some type of comprehensive sex education were 60 percent less likely to get pregnant or get someone else pregnant. And in 2007, a federal report showed that abstinence-only programs had “no impacts on rates of sexual abstinence.” (source)

In spite of this evidence, 37 states require sex education to include abstinence, with 26 of them requiring that it be stressed as the best method.  Think of that: a majority of US states require the teaching of a method as “best” even though it has been shown to be inferiod.

It’s a tough subject, we get that.  And a lot of parents feel uncomfortable with their kids being taught sex ed at all.  We get that too.

But this discomfort is leading to increased unwanted pregnancies, and to ruined lives.  That is something we cannot accept.

It is time to end this profoundly stupid policy.  Click here to take action.

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About John Hlinko

John Hlinko is a frequent political pundit on TV, and the founder of Left Action, a network of over 1 million activists. He is also the author of, "Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread," ranked by Amazon.com as the # 1 "hot new release" in web marketing in early 2012. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook
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One Response to End “Abstinence-only” sex education. Stop this failed policy.

  1. welcome to my world! mississippi is the hub of hipocracy. they hate government support but cash the check monthly, they hate obama care but go to the er because its free, they hate mexicans for taking jobs none of us will do, and theyre willing to vote for a man who took their jobs or cut their wages because their other option is a black man.

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