In my program, we’ve read plenty of studies showing that abstinence-only education isn’t working. Here’s an example. Comprehensive sex ed is a pet passion for many of my classmates and I have to agree that it’s a better option for schools. Luckily a proposal by Max Baucus (D-Mont), the committee chairman, was also approved. This proposal would include other types of sex ed.
Baucus’ measure, which passed 14-9, would make money available for education on contraception and sexually transmitted diseases, among other things, in addition to abstinence. Lawmakers will have to reconcile the two measures, both approved during debate on a sweeping health overhaul bill, as the legislation moves forward.
I’m all for teens being abstinent, but it’s not practical to assume they will be. I’m very interested to see how this will all shake out while the health reform bills are being developed.