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.
The far right continues to use the “sex boogeyman” as a scare tactic to undermine comprehensive sex ed, here and abroad. Agence-France Press reports that guidelines originally drafted by the UN cultural organisation Unesco will promote…..(gasp!)….masturbation.
With the recent release of a UNESCO report offering global guidelines for sex-ed, an unlikely ambassador appears on Sean Hannity’s program and offers up some serious spokesmodel potential.
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.
If we can distill our messages to our core principles, we can bypass the resistance the public has developed to science- and statistics-based arguments, and find which values and principles we share with them.
Advocates for evidence-based, comprehensive sex education realized two major gains in the health care reform process last night, defeating an amendment to the House Energy and Commerce Committee Affordable Health Choices Act that would have extended discredited abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, and passing another amendment introduced by Congresswman Lois Capps creating a Healthy Teen Initiative.
Most people experience sex in positive terms. But much of sex education employs the “disease, disaster, dysfunction” language for sex education. Incorporating pleasure and fun will serve us better than focusing only on the negative.
This morning, the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies passed the Fiscal Year 2010 appropriations bill and in doing so eliminated traditional sources of abstinence-only-until marriage programs and a ban on syringe exchange for HIV prevention among users of intravenous drugs. The full scope of changes is still, however, being analyzed.
Steven Waldman proposes the following hypothetical situation: more premarital sex and fewer abortions. Would pro-lifers accept this trade-off?
In her reader diary, Leah627 writes about the Oregon program STARS, a peer-led abstinence curriculum which teaches middle school students that “Students Today Aren’t Ready for Sex.”