Presbyterian Church Focuses on Abstinence in Sex-ed Programs

The Presbyterian Church is undertaking changes in its sex-education curriculum–which is used by the vast majority of its congregations and schools–emphasizing abstinence and making fewer references to contraception and sexually transmitted diseases.

On Wednesday, 560 commissioners of the Church passed the proposal. However, the measure accepted by the commissioners can be considered liberal when compared with the original proposal that ended the distribution of current sex-education materials and made no mention of contraceptives.

Opponents of the measure believe this type of curricula will not be beneficial to teenagers. As one Church member expressed, “I think an abstinence-only curriculum doesn’t respond to reality. The church has a responsibility to protect teenagers from things like unwanted pregnancies, not to mention sexually transmitted diseases.”


Nando Times and AP - June 24, 1999

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