Emily Colston 10/25/11. Is just saying “No” enough ?. Abstinence Only. Focus is on abstinence only until marriage avoids discussion of use of contraceptives. Supporters claim that this is the only appropriate way to teach youth about sex.
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According to Advocates for Youth, abstinence-only sex education distorts information about contraceptives, including only revealing failure rates associated with their use, and ignoring discussion of their benefits.
Knowing that over half of young people have had sexual intercourse by the age of 18 and are at risk of both unintended pregnancy and STIs, including HIV, in order to provide young people with all the information and services they need to make responsible decisions about their sexual health, President Obama’s TPPI must be broadened to focus on implementing efficient and effective comprehensive sexuality education programs, sexual initiation and the use of condoms and other forms of contraception for the prevention of unintended pregnancy, HIV, and other STIs. (SIECUS)