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10 - The lvi ichigan Daily - Wednesday, October 4, 1995
Activists
decry the
decline in
sex ed.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Under
pressure from Christian conservatives,
fewer schools are giving students infor-
mation about contraception, pregnancy
or AIDS, abortion-rights supporters said
yesterday.
~ . Abstinence-only lessons are not
...*......<.
'~j ~ ~ ..~ ~ ~ enough to prevent teen-age pregnan-
S~ cies or sexually transmitted diseases,
~ ,.~ ~ ....q' - the National Abortion and Reproduc-
tive Rights Action League and several
educators said.
"The reality is a lot of kids aren't
.....v.~....~ going to choose that," said Jerald
...~ Newbeny. director of sex education
programs for Fairfax Cot.wty, Va.,
45. schools. "So, do we abandon them to
~.. .~.".~. ignorance?"
Conservative groups immediately
~..~ ~ ~ :... criticized the organization's survey, ar-
.5 ,~.-,, guingthat abstinence programs like Sex
~ ,,',. Respect, used in 1,600 school districts,
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work.
"Kids want to learn about how, and
why, to say no to sex," said Caia
Mockaitis, spokeswoman for Focus on
the Family in Colorado Springs. Cob.
"So why don't we implement public
policy that reflects that?"
Communities from California to
...... . .. Louisiana to New York have fought in
recent years over condom distribution,
AIDS education and teaching absti-
nence.
4.~ '~ Since 1994, five states - Missis-
sippiNorth Carolina, Oklahoma, South
Dakota and Texas - have passed laws
~S2~ ~ 44,.O'~ ~ prohibiting, restricting or discouraging
comprehensive sexual education, the
~ $~ ~ ~
4 ....... ~ ~ survey found. Such laws were proposed
in a total of 27 states.
North Carolina's law says abstinence
C.0 0 until marriage must be the focus of any
\~ \~ sex education course. It requires schools
~0'~ ~ ~ to show parents any materials before
~ .~ ~ they are used. Laws in Oklahoma, Mis-
~ -~ sissippi and Texas are similar.
South Dakota repealed a mandate
requiring sebbols to teach about AIDS.
f-'' Twenty-two states require schools to
./ 'i>' teach some sex education, said NARAL
~ president Kate Michelman. Nineteen
states prevent schools from handing out
~...... condoms.
But Mockaitis said schools shouldn't
~2 ~' take the lead in sex education.
,~"
S"Schools should reinforce the values
.. - and messages that parents are trying to
teach their children," she said. "Instead,
they reinforce the messages the culture
bombards our children with."
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