The Problem with Abstinence-only Sex Education Persuasive Essay by Amali

The Problem with Abstinence-only Sex Education
A discussion on the disadvantages with abstinence-only sex education.
# 114768 | 1,461 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jun 23, 2009 in Education (General) , Gender and Sexuality (General)

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This paper takes a look at sex education programs, in particularly to the abstinence-only program. The author argues that although the Welfare Reform Act which allocated millions of federal funds towards abstinence-only sex education programs had benevolent intentions, the country has not seen a dip in teenage pregnancy and STD contraction rates. This, the author explains, shows the inefficacy of such programs. The paper criticizes abstinence-only programs as flawed and notes that they teach behavior that is in consistent with the highly sexualized American culture. The author advocates that knowledge is power and that smarter sex education programs should be based solely on what is best for our youth and what is most likely to stymie risky behavior instead of being influenced by political pressuring from lobbyist organizations, funding and religious beliefs.

From the Paper:

"Accordingly, in 1996, legislators in conjunction with then-President Bill Clinton penned the Welfare Reform Act, a bipartisan bill altering the welfare system and deeming that millions of federal funds be allocated annually towards abstinence-only sex education programs. Although the Welfare Reform Act had benevolent intentions, since that period, our country has seen minimal improvement in the teenage pregnancy and STD contraction rates, which illustrates the inefficacy of such programs. This is not surprising since knowledge is one of the most effective weapons in fighting any problem, and because abstinence-only programs deny teenagers of vital information needed to protect themselves, our government should abandon or at least reform such programs immediately."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Eagle Forum. The Consequences of Sex Education. March 2005.
  • Guttmacher Institute. US Teenage Pregnancy Statistics. 2006/09/12/USTPstats.pdf. September 2006.
  • Menstuff. Infidelity Statistics. 2007
  • Rector, Robert. Facts about Abstinence Education. Heritage Foundation. March 30, 2004.
  • Schlafly, Phyllis. Eagle Forum. October 1999.

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