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Lawmakers Push For Sex Education Standards

January 7th, 2008 by flanews

A new University of Florida study found that has the 6th highest rate of teen pregnancy in the country. Some Democratic lawmakers and Planned Parenthood believe that abstinence only programs are to blame. As Chris Casquejo tells us, lawmakers want to set statewide standards for sex education.

Here it here: Lawmakers Push For Sex Education Standards

Florida receives the 2nd highest amount of federal money for abstinence-only sex education. Planned Parenthood is advocating sex ed that teaches about contraception, condoms and sexually transmitted diseases.

“Florida is seeing teens being given misinformation,” said Planned Parenthood’s Stephanie Kunkel. “Currently, teens are learning about sex. Yes, some are learning about it from textbooks. But most of our teens are learning about it from their peers, the media and popular culture.”

The Healthy Teens Act would set statewide standards for sex education in public schools beginning in the 6th grade. It would also require schools to teach that abstinence is the only way to avoid sexual transmitted diseases and pregnancy.

But abstinence-only advocates like Carole Griffin believe that’s too much sex education.

“When you go in and teach the abstinence plus, meaning condomology, birth control pills, all those types of things,” said Carole Griffin with the Eagle Forum. “You’re basically putting the stamp of approval on their behavior, telling them here’s how you’re going to do it if you’re going to do it.

The same University of Florida study found that Florida has the 2nd highest rate of HIV and AIDS in the country.

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