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Are Schools “Just Saying No?” Is Abstinence-Only the Trend in Sex Education? And, Who Influences Policy? « » The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Are Schools “Just Saying No?” Is Abstinence-Only the Trend in Sex Education? And, Who Influences Policy?

Are Schools “Just Saying No?” Is Abstinence-Only the Trend in Sex Education? And, Who Influences Policy?

Is abstinence-only sex education sweeping the nation? Recent federal legislation provides states with a financial incentive to promote abstinence-unless-married messages. The Republican Presidential frontrunner is now calling for more funding for abstinence-only programs. How is this focus on abstinence affecting sex education policy and curricula?

A panel of experts, including Brenda Green from the National School Boards Association, Doug Bailey from the FreedomChannel.com, and Monica Rodriguez from the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S., discussed the politics and policy that shape sex education, including what recent trends might mean for the future at an Emerging Issues in Reproductive Health Briefing. Two new surveys of public school district superintendents by the Alan Guttmacher Institute and public secondary school principals by the Kaiser Family Foundation about sex education policy were alsoreleased.