Comprehensive Sex Education vs. Authentic Abstinence: A Study of Competing Curricula

Heritage Foundation (August 10, 2004)

Sexual activity in the teen years is linked to a number of important social concerns, including sexually-transmitted diseases, teenage pregnancy, out-of-wedlock childbirth, and depression. Two basic approaches to these problems have emerged: The “safe sex” approach, which encourages teens to use contraception, and traditional abstinence education, which focuses on delaying the onset of sexual activity, teaches the harm of casual sexual activity, and encourages students to view sexuality as part of a process of developing intimacy and lifelong commitment… READ FULL ARTICLE