The Pittsburgh Public School District is considering expanding their current abstinence-only program to include contraception and alternative lifestyles. The new comprehensive program was proposed as a solution to the high birth rate of Pittsburgh teens, which make up 14% of all births in the city. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that district administrators have referenced multiple studies that show comprehensive sexual education programs delay sexual intercourse.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the comprehensive program, called “abstinence plus” education, would still stress abstinence as the most effective way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Classes would not include the distribution or demonstration of contraception and contraceptive methods, but contraception would be included in the curriculum. The expansion will be voted on by the District’s Board on February 24.