Tennessee has enacted a pro-abstinence sex education law that is among the strictest in the nation, according to this Associated Press report. It means educators cannot promote "gateway sexual activity.’’ The bill is called the "no holding-hands bill" and it was drafted after a father complained when an anti-AIDS group visited his 17-year-old daughter’s class and demonstrated safe oral sex with a sex toy and a condom.
There’s been a shift by states over the past two years to promote abstinence-only education, Elizabeth Nash, state issues manager for the New York-based Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research organization, told the Associated Press.
According to the story, those for the bill say banning too-explicit sex education will aid in lowering the teen pregnancy rate. Those against the bill say a comprehensive sex education helps teenagers make more responsible decisions when it comes to sex and it is the type of sex education students want and parents expect.
What type of sex education do you prefer for your child? Pro-abstinence or a more comprehensive education that includes discussions about contraception and various types of sexual activity?
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