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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Abstinence-Only Education Not Working in Florida

I hope that this survey is perhaps a late April Fool's joke, if not, we have some teens who are in lots of trouble.  Here is the story from Local 6 News in Orlando, Florida:

A recent survey that found some Florida teens believe drinking a cap of bleach will prevent HIV and a shot of Mountain Dew will stop pregnancy has prompted lawmakers to push for an overhaul of sex education in the state.


<p>&amp;lt;title&amp;gt;lmb_lre_PassAbbStSpinningTextENPBd15s_TP_Hit26Mo_0308_300x250&amp;lt;/title&amp;gt;&amp;lt;A TARGET=&quot;_blank&quot; HREF=&quot;;amp;sourceid=22890689-164666583-25754980&quot;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;IMG SRC=&quot;; BORDER=0&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/A&amp;gt;</p>The survey showed that Florida teens also believe that smoking marijuana will prevent a person from getting pregnant.State lawmakers said the myths are spreading because of Florida's abstinence-only sex education, Local 6 reported.They are proposing a bill that would require a more comprehensive approach, the report said.It would still require teaching abstinence but students would also learn about condoms and other methods of birth control and disease prevention.The bill just passed its first vote in a committee, Local 6 reported.

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