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Why We Need Sex Education Now [INFOGRAPHIC]

0 Comments 15 February 2012

Today it’s pretty clear that abstinence-only education doesn’t work — and scientific studies prove it. Not only does it not work though, it actually worsens the problems that it claims to solve. States that teach abstinence-only education have the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the United States. At the same time, states that favor comprehensive sexual education — the type that teaches students about birth control — have the lowest levels of teen pregnancy.

Teen pregnancy rates are often closely mirrored with a nation’s public health status because high rates of pregnancy suggest a lack of protection during sex. And of course, a lack of protection leads to an increase in sexually transmitted diseases. Every two minutes in the United States 3 teens get pregnant, and more than 80% of these pregnancies are unintended. We need sex education now: not just as a matter of public health, but as a matter of sustaining the robust society that America has built over time. This infographic lays out the facts and makes the case for protection.

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Source: Reproductive Health Education

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