Sex education
Sex education includes instruction on issues relating to human sexuality, anatomy, reproduction, sexual activity, disease, abstinence and birth control. Each year, more than 850,000 American girls ages 15-19 become pregnant, with 80% of these pregnancies unintended. Also each year, young people between 15 and 25 contract about 9 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases including herpes and HIV. Studies have shown that teens who receive comprehensive sex education are 50% less likely to have an unintended pregnancy than those who haven’t. Advocates claim comprehensive sex education combined with emergency contraception has been proven to greatly reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy. Studies also show that young Americans who pledge virginity and abstinence are just as likely as non-pledgers to contract STDs, and are also less likely to use contraception if they do become sexually active. Evaluations of sex education and STD prevention programs show they do not increase the rate of sexual initiation or lower the age at which youths initiate sex. These programs also do not increase the frequency of sex or the number of sex partners among sexually active youth. More than 90% of the parents of junior high and high school students surveyed believe it is important their children be taught abstinence, pregnancy and STD prevention in school sex education programs.

Pending Legislation:
H.R.453 - Healthy Relationships Act of 2015
H.R.1706 - Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2015

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