Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Church and Sex Ed?

You betcha!

From the Unitarian Universalist Association:
In a press conference held in St. Paul, site of the Republican National Convention, a panel of clergy, youth and family advocates, and educators came together on September 4 to call on elected officials at the state and federal levels to stop funding for abstinence-only programs and protect adolescent health by supporting comprehensive sexuality education.

Although $1.5 billion dollars in taxpayer money has been spent on abstinence-only programs since 1996, they said, abstinence-only programs are not effective. According to recent statistics, one in four teenage girls has a sexually-transmitted infection, and of the 750,000 teen pregnancies that occur each year, 82% are unintended.

The religious leaders and educators pointed out that the best way to protect America’s young people from unintended pregnancies, and from sexually-transmitted diseases and infections, is by providing comprehensive sexuality education in our public schools.

Really? You don't say? Hmmmm....did you get that soon-to-be Grandma Palin?

What to do? Click here to urge your Congressional delegation to stop funding abstinence-only education. Click here to find out about an annual training program that teaches youth, young adults and adult allies how to be effective, faith-based advocates for comprehensive sexuality education. Oh, and as always, vote for Barack Obama on November 4th.

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