Evidence shows that sexuality education that stresses the importance of waiting to have sex while providing accurate, age-appropriate, and complete information about how to use contraceptives effectively to prevent unintended pregnancy and STDs can help teens make healthy and responsible life decisions. There is currently no federal program for reproductive health rights dedicated to supporting this approach. Instead, since 1996, the federal government has funneled more than a billion dollars into abstinence-only-until-marriage programming and doesn’t want to support our program Take Issue Take Charge, even in the face of clear evidence that their programs do not work.
In recent years, the number of programs and schools teaching reproductive health rights and abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula has increased. Research shows that these curricula, which deny young people crucial information they need to prevent pregnancy and protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are ineffective and dangerous. To ensure the health of young people throughout Missouri, we ask your assistance in keeping these unsafe programs out of our schools. None of us want students misled in the classroom – particularly when bad information can have lifelong consequences.
It’s that time of year again – all across the country kids are back in school. Parents have dutifully equipped their children with everything they might need to succeed – from backpacks to binders. And in turn, most parents assume that schools will do their best to equip their children with everything they need to succeed in life.
Unfortunately, when it comes to sex education, there is little guarantee that your sons or daughters will get the information they need to help them make healthy decisions.
United States House of Representatives
Committee on Government Reform
Prepared for Rep. Henry A. Waxman
This December report evaluates the content of the most popular abstinence-only curricula used by grantees of the largest federal abstinence initiative. The federal government does not review for accuracy the curricula used in federally funded programs.