Sex Ed Promotes Teen Sex? On The Contrary

The U.S. has an astonishingly high rate of teen pregnancy for an industrialized country--seven times that of the Netherlands. To most public-health experts, this means that there is an urgent need for better sex education and easier access to contraceptives. But many conservatives--and the Bush Administration--oppose such efforts, charging that they encourage promiscuity and undermine "family values." As a result, programs to offer condoms in schools have been controversial and often blocked.

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