Ravell Call, Deseret News, KSL-TV Chopper 5
I don't believe the bill, "Parental Responsibility for Sex Education Training" is necessary for the Utah Legislature to spend time on. In Stuart C. Reid's opinion piece ("Sex ed, a parental responsibility," Oct. 26), several things he stated were incorrect.
Teen pregnancies, teen abortion, and the overall abortion rate, have all been declining over the past 20 years, not increasing. States with the highest rates of STDs are largely located in the South, where schools are not required to teach sex ed. Attributing the rise in porn usage to sex ed rather than the accessibility through computers and smart phones is completely irresponsible.
In April of 2008, the Journal of Adolescent Health reported that those who received comprehensive sex education were 50 percent less likely to become pregnant than those who received abstinence-only education and 60 percent less likely to become pregnant than those who received no sex education at all.
If parents want to educate their children in addition to what is being taught in public schools, I suggest visiting plannedparenthood.org, which provides free online resources in English and Spanish. We don't need more legislation to produce services and information that are already being provided.
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