Informed young people are empowered to make healthy decisions. Public school students have a right to comprehensive, accurate, inclusive sex education.
Students deserve sex education programs that provide the information and skills necessary to make informed, responsible, and healthy decisions to reduce unintended pregnancy,partner-on-partner violence, STIs and HIV and have satisfying relationships. Sex education in publicly funded schools must be medically accurate and free from religious influence.
Abstinence-only education is religiously motivated and ineffective. Eighty-eight percent of students break their abstinence pledges and two-thirds of high school students have had sex. Comprehensive sex education leads to a measurable reduction in early sex, unprotected sex, and number of sexual partners.
Abstinence-only programs lead to no measurable reductions in early sex or number of sex partners, and lead to a measurable increase in unprotected sex. American youth deserve medically sound sex education programs that address their needs.
Parents soon will get their first glimpses at drafts of the Austin school district’s revised sex education lessons, which for the first time will introduce topics such as sexual orientation, gender id…