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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.

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