Originally Published: March 11, 2009 11:34 p.m.
The recent study released by the Center for Disease Control showing that 1 in 4 teen girls have a sexually transmitted infection is proof that Comprehensive Sexuality Education is vital. Another statistic that makes medically accurate sexual education important is the fact that the Guttmacher Institute identifies Arizona as second in the number of teen pregnancies.
Teens currently are learning in school that they should remain abstinent until they are married. Abstinence is certainly the best way for anyone to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies, but the fact is not all young people make that choice, as is clearly illustrated in the CDC and Guttmacher studies. I would hope that our leaders in Arizona will work together in order to get better sexual education in schools so that teens will have the knowledge and resources to stay healthy for successful, bright futures.
Teenagers need to know how to protect themselves against sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy. They need the right information to make responsible decisions. We all want our teens to be safe. Providing truthful and accurate information is an important step.