The Daily Beast
, Utah’s state legislature has passed a bill that pretty much bans
sex-ed from public school classrooms. Under the new law, schools will be unable
to teach contraception as a means of birth control or protection against STDs.
Discussion of homosexuality will also be prohibited.
All we’ve gotta say is…really, Utah? Regardless of
conservative politics, moral values or religious beliefs, in this day and age,
is it really smart to completely eliminate sex-ed from public schools? We get
that waiting until marriage for sex is a value many Americans ascribe to. But
even if a girl decides to wait, wouldn’t it be better for her to be fully
informed of her options and simply opt not to go there rather than to
potentially make one uninformed decision that affects her entire life?
No matter your stance on sex-ed or the act itself, facts are
facts. More than three-quarters of girls have had sex before they turn 20—and that’s
for girls who’ve had sex ed. The number jumps to 86 percent without a solid
sex-ed curriculum. Eliminating sex-ed doesn’t seem to reduce rates of sexual
activity, it increases them, yahoo.com
reports. And if teens are going to be having sex regardless of what anyone says
or does, shouldn’t they be having safe sex? We certainly think so.
Tell us what you think of this new law in the comments,
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 3/12/2012 5:38:00 PM
POSTED IN sex ed, In the News