Abstinence-only Education Violating Students' Rights to Health Information

Kantor, Leslie M.
June 2008
Human Rights;Summer2008, Vol. 35 Issue 3, p1
The article focuses on the Abstinence-only education, a move that prohibits the discussion sex education and conveys the message that abstinence until marriage in the U.S. The according to the author, the move to forbid the discussion of certain topics made students less informed about pregnancy prevention and sexually transmitted disease prevention, while more than 750,000 adolescents experience an unintended pregnancy and one in four sexually active teens acquires a sexually transmitted disease annually. Moreover, abstinence-only programs convey many ideological messages about gender, sexual orientation, and family structure that impinges the rights of particular groups of students.


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