Do you think teaching abstinence in place of comprehensive sexual education works? Some people might say yes, but it appears that even "evangelicals" are feeling the burn of denying children the right to know about their bodies and reproductive systems. Also, the state of Tennessee is introducing two new initiatives that may force the concept as the only type of sex-ed available to students.
In regards to the Tennessee initiative, this source mentions just how asinine it is to rely on an abstinence only curriculum when it comes to educating those who aren't in the know. This does not prevent pregnancies or STDs in sexually active teens and adults and it also prevents younger children from reporting abuse, as they haven't been taught properly. Sexual education is a necessity in this modern world, not because "the liberals" are trying to sexualize young people. It isn't a political thing, and it isn't a religious thing. Or at least it shouldn't be, but too many people have turned this vital topic into some perverted and twisted debate regarding belief in god and whether or not it's good for "American values."
Is denying a young woman the right to know about her body a good example of values? The National Association of Evangelicals revealed a stunning fact that 80% of what they refer to as "young evangelicals" engage in premarital sex. The education of abstaining from sexual contact doesn't work when it is taught as the only option for young people. If anything this terribly stunted curriculum is more harmful for young people than the alternative of simply educating them properly.
Abstinence-only education is a War on Women
This is indeed a war on women, but it's also a war on people in general. Poorly educating children keeps them poorly educated for the most vital years that lead into adulthood. This whole thing can just be added to the attack on a woman's right to choose what happens to her body, and it keeps some men on the wrong page as well. Perhaps more people will realize that this type of education is more harmful than helpful.
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