Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Sex ed: alternatives to the 'Eeek, don't do it' approach

Regarding the Nov. 9 article "In Texas, a stand to teach 'abstinence only' in sex ed": The Texas State Board of Education has made an unwise - and unhealthy - decision to eliminate any information about condoms or contraception as effective means of preventing pregnancy and disease in the new health textbooks. Rather than deal with the reality of what teenagers face in their daily lives, those in a position of power in the state have abandoned their responsibilities in helping young people become healthy, educated adults.

Denying young people complete and accurate information about their sexual health will not prevent unintended pregnancies or the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. It will, however, prevent them from making responsible and informed decisions about their health and futures. William Smith New YorkVice President for Public Policy Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US (SIECUS)

I can't believe it's the 21st century and we still continue to believe that uninformed youth is the way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including AIDS. I grew up with that thinking, got pregnant as a teen, and have paid severely for it for 50 years. Our children deserve better.

Children are curious and we should talk to them frankly. Talking to your children about sex does not mean they will run right out and try it; it will make them think and ask questions - and that is a good thing. Mary Tucker Frisco City, Ala.

The people advocating total abstinence until marriage have a point, of course, but it strikes me that it must have been a very long time since they were young. Instead of taking the "eeek, don't do it" approach, I think it would be far wiser to discuss and to explain the possibilities of sexual behavior, and the absolutely essential factor of good protection, with a caring adult. …

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