Sexual education facts

Sexual education facts - The United States has the highest...

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The United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy and births in the western industrialized world. Teen pregnancy costs the United States at least $7 billion annually. More than 4 out of 10 young women become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20— nearly one million a year. 2 Eight in ten of these pregnancies are unintended 3 and 80 percent are to unmarried teens 4 An abstinence-based approach to sex education focuses on teaching young people that abstaining from sex until marriage is the best means of ensuring that they avoid infection with HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy. As well as seeing abstinence from sex as the best option for maintaining sexual health, many supporters of abstinence-based approaches to sex education also believe that it is morally wrong for people to have sex before they are married. The main difference between abstinence-based and comprehensive approaches to sex education is that comprehensive approaches do not focus either solely or so closely on teaching young people that they should abstain from sex until they are married. And although they do explain to young people the potential benefits of delaying having sex until they are emotionally and physically ready, they also make sure that they are taught how to protect themselves from infections and pregnancy when they do decide to
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2010 for the course PHY 101 taught by Professor Higdon during the Spring '10 term at St. Ambrose University.

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