When it comes to sex education, schools should teach the facts. Teens need to know the risks of having sex. There are many reasons why teens should wait to have sex. But teens also need to understand how to stay safe and protect themselves from disease.
Many opponents of choice work to block schools from teaching teens the facts about sex and staying safe.
- Our opponents strongly disapprove of education programs that teach teens about birth control. Instead, they support dangerous "abstinence-only" programs.
- When teens don't learn the facts, their health is at risk. Today, far too many teens face unintended pregnancy or have a sexually transmitted disease.
Our country needs to make fighting teen pregnancy a priority. The federal government and the states should invest more money in sex-education programs that work.
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Smart was held captive for nine months and shared that she "felt so dirty and so filthy" after being raped by her kidnapper. She attributes feeling worthless to growing up with "abstinence-only" programs that use shame to dissuade teens from having sex.
Anti-choice politicians - the same ones who want to ban access to safe abortion care - are fighting to block teens from receiving objective and accurate sex education. Anti-sex-education measures have been introduced in Arkansas, North Dakota, Texas, and Ohio.