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May 24, 2013
Abstinence-only education is now illegal in Illinois. A bill passed two days ago by the state senate will require that schools with sex education classes include units on birth control. Schools can opt out of sex education altogether if they so desire (as they can now), and they’ll still have to teach that abstinence is the only absolute, surefire way to prevent pregnancy and STIs, but now they’ll have to provide information on contraceptives as well. The governor is expected to sign the bill. source

Abstinence-only education is now illegal in Illinois. A bill passed two days ago by the state senate will require that schools with sex education classes include units on birth control. Schools can opt out of sex education altogether if they so desire (as they can now), and they’ll still have to teach that abstinence is the only absolute, surefire way to prevent pregnancy and STIs, but now they’ll have to provide information on contraceptives as well. The governor is expected to sign the bill. source

16:46 // 1 year ago
June 24, 2012

No holding hands: Tennessee gets stricter on sex education

  • 48.2 pregnancies per 1,000 teenage girls aged 15 to 17 in Tennessee in 1998, around the time abstinence-focused sex education was put in place
  • 29.6 pregnancies per 1,000 teenage girls aged 15 to 17 in Tennessee in 2009, still one of the highest pregnancy levels in the country source

» And the sex-ed laws are about to get stricter: The “no holding-hands” bill would be a continuation of Tennessee’s pro-abstinence education; teen pregnancy rates dropped in the state when abstinence-focused curricula was introduced in the ’90s, but critics think they’re going in the wrong direction. ”This bill ties the hands of educators in Tennessee and will prevent them from providing the comprehensive education that students want and need and their parents expect,” said Barry Chase, president of Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region.

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17:27 // 2 years ago
October 21, 2010

Shock: Abstinence-only education doesn’t reduce teen pregnancy

  • 2.5% teen pregnancy rate in states with comprehensive sex education
  • 6.0% teen pregnancy rate in states with abstinence-only education. source

» So, who’s surprised by this? According to a new CDC study, if you want to prevent teens from getting pregnant, it’s better to educate them about birth control than to yell “DON’T HAVE SEX!” in their faces while pretending there’s no such thing as condoms. The study found that, of the five states with the highest teen pregnancy rates, all require teachers to stress abstinence during sex education. Conversely, states with the lowest teen pregnancy rates have none such requirement. It’s almost as if teenagers are going to have sex regardless of what their teachers tell them!

21:30 // 3 years ago