Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Why We Need Sex Ed

Despite declining numbers, the U.S. teen pregnancy rate remains "the highest in the developed world," reports National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Sarah Brown, CEO of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, attributes the recent decline to fewer teens having sex and to sexually active teens using contraception. But, she says, more education and access to contraceptives are necessary to lower the country's pregnancy rate to the that of other developed countries. The broadcast focused on two initiatives already making a difference: an after-school program in Washington, D.C., and abstinence-plus sex education in Mississippi. Listen to the broadcast or read the article.

The infographic below illustrates the importance of sex education in decreasing teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, and increasing graduation rates — courtesy of Compliance and Safety.


Anonymous said...

So could we please see Texas doctors putting their political muscle behind candidates that encourage and support comprehensive sex education for our children? Stop letting the far right wingers silence you on this very important health topic. There are numerous Texas legislators who come from the medical field and yet they stay silent on this topic or they just tow the party line!

Anonymous said...

Cheers to that, Anon #1!

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