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Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Consistent with New Jersey state law, Planned Parenthood supports sexuality education in schools that is age-appropriate, medically accurate, stresses the importance of abstinence and provides information about contraception. Research shows that comprehensive programs result in young people delaying first intercourse or practicing safer sex should they become sexually active. The CDC has credited the recent nationwide declines in teen pregnancy rates to improved access to education about contraception.

In recent years, Governor Christie reversed a policy of rejecting federal funding for Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. These programs misinform young people, which research shows can contribute to their risk of too-early pregnancy and infections.

New Jersey now accepts federal funding for both Title V and the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), a newly-created funding stream that supports evidence-based and evidence-informed educational programs for youth that includes information about abstinence and safer sex as well as other key life skills. Scientific evidence shows that young people need more comprehensive sexuality education to help them postpone sexual activity and protect against risky sexual behaviors should they become sexually active. Unlike Title V, PREP does not require matching funds.

Learn more about sex education here.