Educators Question Proposed Abstinence-Only Sex Programs

President Trump’s sex education programs have riled some sex educators.
The president’s proposed budget for fiscal 2019 allocates 75 million dollars for “abstinence-only and personal responsibility sex education programs.” He has also appointed a veteran abstinence-only consultant Valerie Huber as an advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services.
There are no standards of sex education on the federal level period curriculums for sex education are usually mandated by state education departments.
“Where the federal government directs funding has a huge ripple effect on the policies that happen at the state, local, school district, and individual schools levels,” said Jesseca Boyer, senior policy manager at the Guttmacher Institute in Refinery29.
Over the years, state education departments have included things subjects such as birth control and sexually transmitted diseases with a mention of abstinence as a means for protection against pregnancy and disease. Some communities opt for the abstinence programs based on their view of “family values.”
Established sex educators say that only using such policies or programs will have harmful effects on students nationwide. They point to several studies whish claim that abstinence-only programs fail to provide students with medical advice of contraception and information diverse sexual practices.
LGBTQ education advocates are also concerned that Trump’s emphasis on abstinence-only programs will not protect young LGBTQ teens.
“The United States, is built on a heteronormative framework that both marginalizes and ostracizes LGBTQ teens, says Dr. Terez Yonan, a teen doctor and fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health.

March 12, 2018

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