In another post, we were discussing abstinence only education in the context of John McCain tap dancing around questions about whether sex education should include information about contraceptives. So, I thought the following story was instructive:
A recent survey that found some Florida teens believe drinking a cap of bleach will prevent HIV and a shot of Mountain Dew will stop pregnancy has prompted lawmakers to push for an overhaul of sex education in the state.
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The survey showed that Florida teens also believe that smoking marijuana will prevent a person from getting pregnant.
State lawmakers said the myths are spreading because of Florida’s abstinence-only sex education, Local 6 reported.
Here in Indiana, during the past session, Sen. Breaux introduced SB 327 would have required schools adhering to an abstinence only education to notify parents of that fact. The notice would have specified, among other things, that “abstinence-only education does not teach students how to prevent pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases other than by remaining abstinent” and that the child was not receiving “medically accurate information” on the risks, benefits, and proper use of various forms of contraception in reducing the risk of pregnancy and STDs.