The Debate of Abstinece-Only or Comprehensive Sex Education Essay
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