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Advocates for Youth Backs Comprehensive Sex Education

Advocates for Youth released a study on Wednesday concluding that the federal government should invest more money into sex education programs rather than in abstinence only programs. Their report reveals that “balanced, realistic sexuality education” that includes both abstinence and contraception helps to reduce teen pregnancy.

The group is critical of programs that stress abstinence-only programs.

“Eighty percent of the decline in teen births is due to an increased use of contraception, while 20% is due to an increase in abstinence” reported James Wagoner, president, Advocates for Youth. Wagoner added “federal programs that provide information on contraception have been highly successful.”

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Reuters Health - January 20, 2000

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