Should Congress continue to fund abstinence-only sex education?
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Should Congress continue to fund abstinence-only sex education?

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Since 1982, Congress has spent $2 billion on abstinence only until marriage (AOUM) programs that many argue are ineffective and unethical. Studies have found abstinence-based curricula reinforce gender stereotypes and increase the risk of teen pregnancy. But defenders of AOUM programs argue abstinence is the "only certain way to avoid unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases." What do you think? 👫

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Congress will soon vote on whether to continue funding for abstinence only until marriage (AOUM) programs. This comes amidst the announcement that Trump's Department of Health and Human Services will end funding for a teen pregnancy prevention program next year. Many are urging Congress to stop funding AOUM programs and instead put the money toward more effective, scientific sex education programs.

While some adults think abstinence until marriage programs are the only moral choice for sex education, these programs fall short of the standards of medical ethics by limiting access to important health information. The government shouldn’t be in the business of promoting an unrealistic and ineffective solution to adolescent sexual and reproductive health — particularly one that has been so overwhelmingly repudiated by health professionals and parents.

But supporters of abstinence-only education argue the research surrounding the effectiveness of AOUM programs is fuzzy, and the myth that all teens will have sex anyways is false.

Research supports the effectiveness of abstinence-centered education in public schools, and most abstinence programs encourage parents to remain the primary sex educators of their children. "What's the point?" some may ask. "Aren't teens going to have sex no matter what?" No. In fact, research finds that the majority (almost 53 percent) of all high school students nationally, grades 9-12, has not had sex —and that's great news! 
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