The research shows that abstinence-only sex education does not protect teenagers’ health.

Evidence shows that sexuality education that stresses the importance of waiting to have sex while providing accurate, age-appropriate, and complete information about how to use contraceptives effectively to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can help teens make healthy and responsible life decisions. Yet there is currently no federal program dedicated to supporting this approach. Instead, since 1996 the federal government has funneled more than a billion dollars into abstinence-only-until-marriage programming, even in the face of clear evidence that these types of programs do not work.

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