facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

More Texas schools use 'abstinence-plus'

Dec. 29, 2011 at 12:15 AM   |   Comments

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Almost one-quarter of Texas schools provide sex education that includes information on birth control, an advocacy group says.

The Texas Education Freedom Network reported Tuesday that in 2007 only one in 25 schools used the approach known as abstinence-plus," the Houston Chronicle reported. That was up to almost 25 percent in 2010.

"That's a huge increase in a three-year period," said Kathy Miller, the fund's president. "The quiet revolution is taking place at the local level."

"Abstinence-plus" emphasizes abstinence but also teaches about preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Supporters of abstinence-only programs say giving teenagers information on birth control encourages them to have sex. Recent surveys have shown a majority of Texas parents favor a broader approach to sex education.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
China questions Americanism in SATs
2
Dairy Queen hit by Backoff malware breach
3
Plague bomb data found on seized Islamic State laptop
4
St. Paul police arrest a black man for sitting on a bench waiting for his children
5
Elizabeth Warren defends Israeli airstrikes on schools and hospitals
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback