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Should Comprehensive Sex Education be Mandatory?
Comprehensive sexual education may reduce teenage unwanted pregnancies.
Research analysing US National Data shows that CSE is better at decreasing teen pregnancy than abstinence-only programs. In fact, abstinence-only programs have been evidenced to
teen pregnancy rates.
The US, where abstinence-only education has been well funded and is common, has high teenage pregnancy rates compared to other developed countries (
Stranger-Hall and Hall, Table 1
National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles
in the UK in 2010–2012 found that sexual information received from schools "was associated with lower reporting of a range of negative sexual health outcomes, particularly among women".
Teenage mothers are less likely to have a stable source of income to support their child with.
Women who get pregnant as teenagers are less likely to be able to continue pursuing their education, which can have lifelong consequences on that woman's career and prospects.
Sweden, where sexual education has been
since 1956 and is more comprehensive than the UK, where it is also not mandatory, has a birth rate among 15 to 19-year-olds of 5.2 per 1,000 births. In the UK the rate is way higher: 19.7 per 1,000 births.
in the US showed that young people who received comprehensive sex education were significantly less likely to report a teen pregnancy than those who received no sex education at all.
in the UK points that, after cuts in expenditure, including funds for sexual education and birth control, teen
rates have fallen.
The only way to reduce teenage unwanted pregnancies is to teach abstinence-only programs.