Planned Parenthood and voters agree that young people want and need comprehensive sex education; sex education that includes information about abstinence, as well as information about healthy relationships, contraception, and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections. Real sex education works. It has been shown to delay intercourse, decrease the number of sexual partners, and increase use of contraception. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of the public agrees with a comprehensive, practical approach to sex education which extends across political parties and religious groups.
For more than two decades, federal funding has been directed to abstinence-only programs. We all want teens to be safe and make responsible decisions about life and encourage them to talk to their parents. We can’t be with them all the time, but we can make sure that they have the education and information they need to make healthy and smart decisions. Unfortunately, abstinence-only programs deny teens the information they need to prevent unintended pregnancy and STDs. Many teens who have participated in abstinence-only programs are less likely to use contraception or get tested for STDs.
For more information on Sex Education, including PREP and the “Get Yourself Tested” campaign, please visit the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.