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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 give young people the knowledge to protect themselves from disease, prevent unintended pregnancy, and have healthy, respectful relationships.

The Problem:

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 also perpetuates medical misinformation and harmful sexist messages.

In 2013, there were 12,890 unintended teen pregnancies and 5,300 teen births in Virginia.  In 2014, there were 4,859 teen births in the state. [1] Clearly, Virginia's young people need and deserve quality comprehensive sex-education.

  • Virginia requires harmful abstinence-based sex education that does not prepare young people for life-long responsible decision-making about sexuality and can perpetuate false and misleading information about reproductive health. For instance, abstinence-only programs often misrepresent 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.

Our Solution:

  • More Virginia school districts should adopt evidence-based, comprehensive sex education curricula that prepare students to make informed, responsible, healthy choices.

[1] "Key Information About U.S. States.” The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, February 2017.

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