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Sex Education and Abstinence

Family and Religion Policy in 2012 Elections

Issues 2012 provides candidates for elected office the ability to quickly identify the key issues of the day and present clear policy recommendations, supported by facts, for addressing them. Read More.

The Effectiveness of Abstinence Education

Teen sexual activity is costly for both teens and society. Teens who engage in sexual activity risk a host of negative outcomes including STD infection, emotional and psychological harm, and out-of-wedlock childbearing. Read More.

What Do Parents Want Taught in Sex Education Programs?

Sex education debates focus on two different approaches: "safe sex" courses and abstinence education, which encourages teens to delay sexual activity. Read More.

Sex Education vs. Authentic Abstinence

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. Read More.

Teens who abstain from sex have improved life outcomes. But today’s culture promotes casual sex, including through federally funded comprehensive sex education. Early sexual activity is associated with outcomes that make young people more likely to depend on government. Abstinence education offers a rare alternative voice, and research has shown its effectiveness.


Experts on Sex Education and Abstinence