The Debate of Abstinece-Only or Comprehensive Sex Education Essay

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Today’s young Americans face strong peer pressure to be sexually active and engage themselves in risky behaviors (Merino 100-109). Anyone deciding to have sex must first think about all the risks involved. Kekla Magoon, author of Sex Education in Schools, says that “half of all teens aged 15 to 19 years old in the United States have had sex” (Magoon 64-65). It is currently not required by federal law for schools to teach Sex education and those few schools that do teach Sex education have the decision to determine how much information is allowed. Advocates from both sides of the Sex education debate agree that teens need positive influences in order to make practical decisions (Magoon 88-89). Opponents of Abstinence-only education believe …show more content…
“Abstinence-only programs cannot wipe out teen pregnancy” says Merino (109-110). Abstinence-only programs teach teens to say no, but it does not teach them why they should say no. The rates of teens being sexually active, contracting STDs, and pregnancies have been going through the roof.
If teens were educated more about the dangers of having premarital sex, telling them statistics about pregnancies and STDs, pictures even, they would be more inclined to make the practical decision to say no. Teens that have not been educated properly about sex and the risks are contracting dangerous STDs that they are not even aware they might have and possibly spreading them to others (Masland). Molly Masland says that “sixty-six percent of American High School students have had sex by their senior year.” The Centers for Disease Control and the Kaiser Family foundation say that “65% of STDs in the U.S. will occur in people under the age of 24.” The World Health Organization also concluded that abstinence-only programs are not very effective due to the lack of vital information (Masland).
Molly Masland says that “Advocates of Comprehensive Sex education say the Abstinence-only message ignores information critical for teens to protect their health.” Advocates of Comprehensive Sex Education are not against Abstinence-only programs, they are against the programs that do not give information that is

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