A victory for sex education in US as the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee has approved a spending bill that does not include money for abstinence-only sex education. I’ve written previously about how ineffective abstinence-only education is and shown that it does not lower rates of sexually active teens while it does raise the pregnancy risk of teenagers. This is a step forward for comprehensive sex education and Congress has been slowly backing off of abstinence-only education since 2007.
For a long while now there has been a current that believes that ignorance is the best education when it comes to sex but for the health of your own children shouldn’t they know about what healthy sexual activity is and the risks they are running (physically)? My parents did a very good job with my sex education and I’ve managed to have a fruitful and safe history, how’s that anecdote. Good move by the government and with everyone up in arms about the failures of late this is something to smile about just a little.