SPP Debate Club 10: 12/6 – 12/11

Leah Howard
Colleen Peterson
Karen Wiessner

Commenters: Keisha B, Colleen J, Ali M, Megan M, Kaitlyn O, JaNaye S, Jeri W, Martin B

What Approach to Sex Education Offers the Best Way to Reduce STIs, Unintended Pregnancy, and the Need for Abortion?

Reproductive health advocates have long maintained that the availability of birth control information and condoms in the schools is one of the best ways to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS infection, unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion. They argue that teens have always been sexually active, will continue to be so, and, in an age of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, that “just say no”, just isn’t enough and doesn’t work. Under the Bush Administration’s leadership, Congress appropriated more than $350 million for abstinence-only education programs. Supporters herald this support for abstinence-only programs because they blame comprehensive sex education for increases in teenage sex and pregnancy and credit abstinence-only programs with improvements in these areas. Recent studies raise questions about the efficacy of the abstinence-only and abstinence-plus approaches to sex education.

  • Advocates for Youth, “Trends in Sexual Risk Behaviors Among High School Students”
  • Advocates for Youth, “Effective Sex Education”
  • Advocates for Youth, “Five Years of Abstinence-Only-Until-Education: Assessing the Impact”
  • Chris Collins, Priya Alagiri, Todd Summers, “Abstinence Only vs Comprehensive Sex Education”
  • Planned Parenthood, “Abstinence-Only Sex Education”
  • Robert Rector, “The Effectiveness of Abstinence Education Programs in Reducing Sexual Activity Among Youth”
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