'Abstinence Plus' Proposed as Sex Education Option

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Some Mississippi lawmakers propose letting teachers or nurses give students more information about pregnancy prevention.

On an 84 to 35 vote, the state House passed a bill Tuesday that would give school districts the option of teaching abstinence only, which is the current state policy; or a curriculum called "abstinence plus," which would still encourage students to refrain from sex but would give them information about contraception.

No one would be forced to take the sex education. Parents would have to give permission for their children to take the classes.

The curriculum also would ban any discussion of abortion as a way to prevent the birth of a baby.

Mississippi has one of the highest teenage birth rates in the nation.

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  • by Sick of this Location: Mississippi on Feb 4, 2010 at 06:03 AM
    I can fix the problem of teen pregnancy. STOP PAYING for them to have child after child. Once is a mistake, two, three, four is STUPIDITY!!!! I teach high school kids who try their best to get pregnant to get a check and all the benefits of reproducing. Not the benefits of being a parent. WE, the taxpayers are paying these kids to reproduce.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 4, 2010 at 03:27 AM
    I think that it's a good thing that schools are encouraging kids not to have sex. I think the problem is "peer pressure" Most teenagers don't have sex because they want to, they do it because their friends are doing it. I do think that there are alot of young parents that don't have time to teach their children about sex, and I feel that's not the children fault at all. There are some children that may not feel comfortable talking to their parents. Someone should teach them, if their parents aren't, so why not the schools??
  • by Frank Location: Lauderdale on Feb 3, 2010 at 04:22 PM
    This is the most ignorant thing i have read today. There is NOT a kid in the United States under the age of 5 that doesn't know what a dang condom is!! You can teach the youth of America to do anything you want but it all comes down to lack of parenting and personal pride. If your mom got pregnant with you at the age of 14 and your brothers and sisters all have a different dad, Why would you stop the cycle! Quit wasting my tax money.
  • by resident Location: LaCo on Feb 3, 2010 at 03:39 PM
    It's about time.
  • by Anonynous on Feb 3, 2010 at 11:34 AM
    Wow!! Again Mississippi has hit the top. All in one day we have underage drinking and teenage pregnancy!! Without the help of parents themselves its not going to help to teach the teenagers, they are still going to do as they want unless it starts with morals and values in their home. Parents need to grow up themselves, and actually be parents instead being so invovled in their own lives to let the teenagers do as they want.
  • by Guy South of I-20 on Feb 3, 2010 at 10:13 AM
    Good! Something needs to be done. If it were up to me, sex ed would be mandatory. Lord knows the parents aren't doing their job so the schools should be able to step in.
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