Join Planned Parenthood in supporting real, comprehensive sex education for our teens.


Fighting for REAL Sex Education

Planned Parenthood is working with state and federal governments to ensure access to real sex education programs that give young people the tools to make responsible decisions and stay healthy.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than three million teen girls have a sexually transmitted infection (STI). That's at least one in four.  Even worse, some 750,000 teenagers in the United States will become pregnant this year. The national policy of promoting abstinence-only programs is a $1.5 billion failure, and our young people are paying the real price.

The best way to help teens prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections is to provide them with comprehensive, medically accurate, age-appropriate information. The vast majority of Americans — including parents — support comprehensive sex education. But only about five percent of American students receive sex education that covers all the information they need.

  • Key Players

    • Gov. Chet Culver

      Yay: Gov. Chet Culver 

      Made Iowa the 17th state to reject dangerous Title V abstinence-only funds.

    • President George W. Bush

      Nay: President George W. Bush 

      Continues to support abstinence-only programs despite evidence that they are ineffective.

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