Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pittsburgh may expand sex education programs  

Thankfully, more schools seem to be realizing the obvious fact that abstinence-only education doesn't work. In Pittsburgh, the school board will vote on whether or not to change their current abstinence-only sex education to include discussion of contraception and "alternative lifestyles" (GLBT people, I'm assuming?) Proponents are hoping that comprehensive sex ed will help lower the high birth rate of Pittsburgh teens, which make up 14% of all births in the city.

Abstinence will still be stressed as the only reliable method of remaining free of STIs and unplanned pregnancies, but contraception will be discussed for those students who may not wait until marriage. Supporters of the change are citing multiple studies that show that comprehensive sex ed leads to more teenagers delaying sex.

It really seems like a no-brainer to me.

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