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.