From a message being circulated to a far-right e-mail list in Texas today:
“(T)he teen pregnancy rate is certainly not the fault of abstinence-only sex education programs but is instead the outgrowth of prolific contraceptive sex education programs.”
- Texas has one of the highest teen birth rates in the country (and that rate is rising) and ranks first in multiple births to teens.
- More than 9 in 10 Texas school districts teach abstinence-only when it comes to sex education. Just 2 percent teach medically accurate information about responsible pregnancy and disease prevention.
- Texas has received more abstinence-only federal funding than any other state.
The same e-mail says the Obama administration and members of Congress “are trying to kill your children” because they support teaching not just the importance of abstinence, but also medically accurate information teens need to make important life decisions and protect themselves from pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Don’t buy the lie. Ignorance won’t protect our kids.