Although there are many good reasons to teach abstinence, there is, of course, a great deal of controversy in the communities throughout the U.S., as there would be with any kind of statement that shows a personal opinion. . For example, “Abstinence-only education isn’t ‘education’. By design, it’s a program that leaves young women and men in the dark and misinformed” (Getting to Responsible Sexual Health Education). This quote, coming from K. Sajuta, states that abstinence-only education should not be taught. In several states there are parents who say that is okay for their child to begin learning about the basics of sex education at an age appropriate level. Some people believe that as long as you give a teenager some form of
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In 2008, a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that abstinence only education did not decrease sexual activity and it actually increased teenage pregnancies among those who compared to comprehensive sex education (Abstinence Talk Begs Question). According to Proquest, it is unrealistic to assume that all teenagers will refrain from having sex before marriage (At Issue: Abstinence Education). Proquest also says that some people feel that teenagers should learn about the realistic ways to protect themselves against pregnancy and STDs (At Issue: Abstinence Education). Although this statement may be true, it may not turn out to be the best option for teenagers.
Teenagers can be given ways to protect themselves, but nothing can protect the teenagers of today 100% from pregnancy or STDs. Nothing is 100% safe, not even birth control. In Emma Teitel’s column, she wrote, “if you have empty, meaningless sex throughout college, you'll become an emotional cripple, contract gonorrhea and, most likely, vomit." But then she added: "These are lessons learned through experience, not indoctrination” (Uncoupling the Hookup Culture). Now, Donna Freitas is a religion professor at Boston University and she wrote a book called “The End of Sex”. In it, she wrote that hooking up is purely physically and emotionally vacant. (Uncoupling the Hookup Culture). And in saying that, she is exactly right. When students are just