Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Nearly 90% of California Parents Support Comprehensive Sex Education in Schools

Via the Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report:

Eighty-nine percent of California parents -- regardless of their political and religious views, level of education and residence -- support comprehensive sex education programs in schools, according to the first statewide survey on the subject released on Thursday, the McClatchy/San Jose Mercury News reports. Comprehensive sex education includes information about contraception, sexually transmitted infections and abstinence, according to the McClatchy/Mercury News. ...

The researchers found that 96% of California parents oppose abstinence-only sex education requirements in schools. No subgroup by region, religion, income, education or political party fell below 80% support for comprehensive sex education, the study showed. Eighty-six percent of self-identifying evangelical Christians said they supported comprehensive sex education programs, while those who identified themselves as "very conservative" responded with the lowest rating of 71% support for the programs. "We were astonished by how universal this support is for comprehensive sex education," lead study author Norman Constantine of the PHI's Center for Research on Adolescent Health and Development said.

National and statewide polls have long shown that parents support comprehensive sexuality education.  Moreover, abstinence-only education doesn't work.  So why exactly are we continuing to develop and fund abstinence-only programs?

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