September 15, 2005 A recent report by Congressman Waxman found that many students in New York State are receiving misinformation through abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula.
Some of the dangerous inaccuracies include distorted statistics that suggest that condoms neither protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) nor prevent pregnancy. Do we really want these curricula taught to students in our state, which reports nearly 40,000 teen pregnancies per year as well as STI rates among adolescents that are four times the average rate within the state’s population?
On the other hand, comprehensive sex education programs that are medically accurate, age-appropriate and include information about contraception in addition to abstinence have been found to be the most effective ways to help young people postpone intercourse and, when they do become sexually active, engage in safe sex practices.
Using the form below, sign on to a letter telling your school district superintendent that you oppose abstinence-only sex education and want students in your district to learn what they need to protect themselves. The NYCLU will send individual letters to each New York State superintendent from signatories in his or her district. We will be collecting signatures through Monday, October 3.