James Waggoner, president of Advocates for Youth,
a group that promotes education about birth control and condom
use, alleges abstinence-only programs deny teenagers useful
information about the effectiveness of condoms in stopping
the spread of
AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. “These [abstinence-only]
programs really evolved into anti-condom programs,” Waggoner
Though abstinence education is a crucial part of sex education,
it should not be the only message taught. Another approach
has to be taken before the lack of knowledge about pregnancy
sexually transmitted diseases snowball into effective behavior.
Here are a few common sense solutions:
· An increase in family planning funding for low-income families.
· There needs to be an expansion of awareness and access to emergency
contraceptives, such as the morning-after pill.
· There should be an increase in funding inspiring young women
to seek healthy, independent, and fulfilling futures.
Educate the youth with knowledge rather than restricting
them with ignorance. Sex education should begin in
elementary and reinforced in middle and secondary
Young adults should be encouraged to practice
abstinence while being well informed on contraception, STD
and HIV prevention
so they can
about becoming sexually active.
Adolescents cannot vote. The have no political power. Therefore,
they represent an helpless target for anti-choice lawmakers obsessed
the reproductive freedom of all American women.