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Jimmy Carter on Families & Children

President of the U.S., 1977-1981

 


Sex ed should mention contraception

One of the well-meaning but counterproductive approaches is to refrain from teaching our young people how to avoid pregnancy, instruction that is provided thoroughly and persistently in other nations. There is now skyrocketing federal funding for sex education, but unfortunately most often with a strict prohibition against mention of any kind of contraception, despite the fact that 60% of our American teenagers report having sex before they are 18 years old. A "New York Times" article reveals that Canadian and European young people are about equally active sexually but, deprived of proper sex education, American girls are 5 times as likely to have a baby as French girls, and 7 times as likely to have an abortion.
Source: Our Endangered Values, by Jimmy Carter, p. 74-75 , Sep 26, 2006

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