Pregnancies and STD rates among young adults are on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP). Why is this happening? Although the issue is complex, it is clear that many teenagers are getting information about sex from the Internet and from other teens–which can often be incomplete, misleading, or inaccurate.
The U.S. already has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the westernized world. And a cutback in community resources for youth throughout the Bush Administration years has not helped matters. “Abstinence-only” programs mislead and misinform teens, creating ignorance and a lack of trust. Teens can only make educated decisions if we provide them with the appropriate knowledge.
What do you think? Are abstinence-only programs effective? Is the rise in STD rates and unplanned pregnancies due to the lack of comprehensive sex-education?
If you feel youth need to learn more than just abstinence, sign the petition in support of the REAL Act. The REAL Act aims to prevent pregnancy and the spread of STDs, by providing responsible sex education that teaches young people about both abstinence and contraception.