Poor sexual health outcomes in Mississippi are the result of a state that continues to invest scarce funds in failed abstinence-only programs, leaving young people without the information and services they need to protect themselves.
There was a lot of good news packed into the 2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill which was passed by Congress over the weekend. For the first time ever, Congress eliminated all dedicated funding for abstinence-only sex education programs.
Since abstinence is all that young adolescents and adults are sometimes exposed to, they lack the education that prepares them against the adverse effects of sexual intercourse, including STD’s and unintended pregnancy.
I thought we all decided that abstinence only education doesn’t work.
And I don’t mean “we” as in the pro-choice reproductive rights community—I mean students, teachers, parents, school boards, and even
the president. But I guess some members of congress didn’t get the memo.
Recently, Governor Perry co-signed a letter
with four other governors to Senators Baucus and Grassley, requesting that
Title V abstinence-only until marriage federal funding be reinstated.
Not surprisingly, Focus
on the Family doesn’t support the one thing that would help reduce the number
of abortions in this country – comprehensive sex education.
How do you answer the questions of a 14-year-old who’s had her period for a year but still doesn’t know where it comes from? And where can you send a teen who’s only sex ed has come from her private Christian school?
How long is sex education going to be marginalized, hindered, or just ignored?
After months of negotiation and attempts at cooperation, North
Carolina’s state assembly is finally taking a step in the right
direction in regard to their policies on sexuality education.
Yesterday, the White House confirmed that under its plan to fund teen pregnancy prevention programs through community and faith-based programs, “some abstinence-only education could qualify.”