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    In 1988, South Carolina passed legislation requiring comprehensive sexuality education that included instruction in contraception, required a district advisory committee for selection of curricula, had an opt-out provision and provided for teacher training. But efforts cannot stop there – Those school districts that employed a coordinator to implement the program – showed a 40-50% drop in teen pregnancy rates over the next decade. When the supervision of instruction dropped off -(due to budget cuts) the abstinence-only advocates made inroads and the pregnancy rates started up again. Any legislation for comprehensive sexuality education, including the federal REAL, the MUST include provisions for supervision – It takes constant effort and vigilance to implement this instruction and to keep it going effectively.

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    That teens with the internet and all can not look up reproduction and birth control on their own. I was fascinated about reproduction as a teen and I read anything I could get my hands on or asked questions to my mom and dad who would answer me honestly. This is a sad world when parents can not talk to their children about something so important.

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    I am surprised That teens with the internet and all can not look up reproduction and birth control on their own. I was fascinated about reproduction as a teen and I read anything I could get my hands on or asked questions to my mom and dad who would answer me honestly.

    Well, a couple of things. First, the internet is wonderful, but also a cesspool for inaccurate information–especially if one is a young teen and hasn’t been taught how to find the accurate information from the crap.

    Second, you had good parents who apparently would answer you honestly and without awkwardness. Too many of us have parents who either think that sex is dirty and thus won’t answer honestly, or who have parents who have good intentions, but who are too embarrassed to actually talk to us about it.

    Third, depending on where and how someone grows up, there is a huge cultural brainwashing that says that sex is dirty; that our bodies, especially women’s bodies, are something to be ashamed of. If you absorb enough of this message, you might not even want to look up stuff on contraception and reproduction online, because that means you’re a dirty person with a filthy mind. (Also related to high teen pregnancy rates, since having contraception on hand means that you planned to have sex, which means you’re a dirty minded slut, as opposed to “it just happened.”)

    And from what I’ve heard of abstinence-only classes, they’re soaked in the sex is dirty/bodies are shameful dogma, making it less likely that teens will actively look for information on their own.

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