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Comprehensive Sex Education
The United States has unacceptably high rates of teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and HIV/AIDS infections. To address this challenge, NARAL Pro-Choice Montana supports honest, age-appropriate, and medically accurate sex education that promotes abstinence and provides young people with the information they need to protect themselves.
Research shows that honest, medically accurate sex education works. "Abstinence-only" programs aren't proven effective, and some studies even show that young people who go through these programs are less likely to use contraception and protect themselves when they become sexually active. Making matters worse, many of these "abstinence-only" programs include blatantly false and inaccurate information. Young people deserve better than this – and so do taxpayers.
We need to protect teens by promoting abstinence while simultaneously providing teens with the contraceptive and STD/HIV prevention information they need to make responsible decisions if and when they become sexually active.
Check out the Montana Partnership for Sex Education
For Montana-specific information on teen pregnancy, read the Montana Teen Pregnancy Report from the Montana Department of Health and Human Services.
To get involved in promoting comprehensive sex education in your community, contact Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org.