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Comprehensive Sex Education
Virginia’s young people deserve access to age-appropriate, medically-accurate, and comprehensive sex education that prepares them to make informed choices about their reproductive and sexual health.
We support evidence-based sex education curricula that gives young people the knowledge to protect themselves from disease, prevent unintended pregnancy, and have healthy, respectful relationships.
Many of the same anti-choice politicians and groups that oppose abortion also want to prevent young people from getting information on preventing pregnancy and sexually-transmitted infections. Instead, they support ineffective "abstinence-only” education that often perpetuates medical misinformation and harmful sexist messages.
In 2013, there were 12,890 unintended teen pregnancies and 5,300 teen births in Virginia. Clearly, Virginia teens need and deserve quality comprehensive sex-education.
- Virginia requires harmful abstinence-based sex education that can perpetuate false and misleading information about reproductive health. Abstinence based programs mispresent the effectiveness of contraceptives, ultimately jeopardizing students’ health.
- The quality of sex education throughout Virginia is inconsistent. Each Virginia school district is permitted to adopt and censor aspects of the sex-education curriculum as they see fit. This means students in certain districts receive a much worse sex education than others.
- More Virginia school districts should adopt evidence-based, comprehensive sex education curricula that prepare students to make informed choices.
- Virginia teens who do become pregnant deserve to understand their legal rights and all their available options, and be supported in their decisions.