Ineffective Sex-Ed

One program that has seen a boost under the federal budget—receiving $90 million annually—is also one that studies show doesn’t work: Abstinence-only-until-marriage sex-ed.

What’s more, the Department of Health and Human Services also recently announced the end to funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention program.

In fact, 2 new studies in the Journal of Adolescent Health have joined numerous others that demonstrate that abstinence-only programs are ineffective. Too often, they don’t meet standards of medical ethics, aren’t successful in getting teens to avoid sex and withhold important health information from young people.

As Columbia Professor John Santelli concludes in a Washington Post analysis: “Young people need straight talk about sex.”

Source: The Washington Post

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