Is Abstinence Only Sex Education? Essay

923 Words Apr 25th, 2016 4 Pages
“Don’t have sex because you will get pregnant and die.” Who here has seen Mean Girls? The infamous quote by the character Coach Carr is one many are familiar with. We laugh at it. It’s ridiculous. We giggle because there is no way this would pass for sex education outside of the silver screen, right? Actually, sometimes it does, and that comes with major consequences. Abstinence-only sex education has been taught in United States public schools for decades. This has been the state-preferred form of sexual education in many states, though proven to be ineffective in preventing or lowering the rates of teen pregnancies and STI transmission. Sex positive education, or education that teaches proper methods of protection and prevention, has been proven to be a much more effective option. It’s important to note that some abstinence-based programs are overtly religious, and discourage the use of condoms or other methods of protection and contraception because it goes against their principles or values. Other programs are secular and even briefly go over the use of contraception and protection while still emphasizing abstinence. Despite these differences, the goal of abstinence based sex education is the same: lower teen pregnancy and STI transmission rates by delaying first sex among teens. Ironically, statistics show that these forms of sex education correlate with higher rates of teen pregnancy- even going so far to show an upward trend with different levels of strictness in…

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