As someone who was all but completely celibate throughout high school–not at all by conscious choice–I found the lack of information among sexually active teens, and the politicization of teen sex very frustrating.
Carrying the burden of childhood abuse and neglect, these girls and women present a greater, specific challenge to those who work to prevent teen pregnancy.
Over 175 state and national organizations are pressing the Obama White House and Congress to replace silo-ed sex ed programs with truly comprehensive efforts to reduce teen pregnancy and infection.
Using withdrawal may have sometimes protected you, but you’ve been lucky — and at risk for a sexually transmitted infection.
Preventing teen pregnancy is incredibly important. But unintended pregnancy among teens is not the only sexual and reproductive health issue facing our nation’s youth.
President Obama’s budget contains the first-ever significant funding for preventing teen pregnancy prevention that is not dedicated to abstinence-only interventions.
Will funding for abstinence-only-until marriage programs stay out of the budget once Congress gets its hands on it?
Advocates for comprehensive sex-ed in New Mexico, which has the second-highest teen birth rate in the country, say they’re elated by the president’s proposal to cut abstinence-only funding.
Obama’s 2010 budget gets us on the road to comprehensive sexuality education. But it will be up to advocates, Congress, and the agencies administering funds to get us all the way to there.
In her own roundabout way, Bristol Palin is voicing the core message of comprehensive sex ed: there’s no better protection against pregnancy and disease than abstinence, but teens those that are having sex need to use to protection.