How States Limiting Abortion Teach Sex Education In Their Schools | NBC News Now
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V. WADE THIS YEAR. NBC’S SIMONE TAKES A LOOK AT HOW NBC’S SIMONE TAKES A LOOK AT HOW THESE STATES STACK UP. THESE STATES STACK UP.>>THE CRACKDOWN ON ABORTION>>THE CRACKDOWN ON ABORTION ACCESS AROUND THE COUNTRY GOT ME ACCESS AROUND THE COUNTRY GOT ME THINKING ABOUT SEX EDUCATION IN THINKING ABOUT SEX EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS TODAY. SCHOOLS TODAY. AND YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO AND YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO LEARN THERE IS NO NATIONAL LEARN THERE IS NO NATIONAL DEFINITION FOR SEX EDUCATION. DEFINITION FOR SEX EDUCATION. SO WHAT YOU LEARN DEPENDS ON SO WHAT YOU LEARN DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU LIVE. WHERE YOU LIVE. AND IN SOME AREAS, THAT MEANS AND IN SOME AREAS, THAT MEANS HEARING A LOT ABOUT ABSTINENCE HEARING A LOT ABOUT ABSTINENCE AND NOT MUCH ABOUT ANYTHING AND NOT MUCH ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE. ELSE. MOST OF THE STATES THAT HAVE MOST OF THE STATES THAT HAVE PASSED STRICT NEW ABORTION PASSED STRICT NEW ABORTION LEGISLATION LATELY REQUIRE LEGISLATION LATELY REQUIRE TEACHERS TO STRESS ABSTINENCE TEACHERS TO STRESS ABSTINENCE DURING THOSE SEX EDUCATION DURING THOSE SEX EDUCATION COURSES. COURSES. AND IN ALABAMA AND MISSOURI, AND IN ALABAMA AND MISSOURI, THEY ACTUALLY DON’T REQUIRE THEY ACTUALLY DON’T REQUIRE SEXUAL EDUCATION BE TAUGHT AT SEXUAL EDUCATION BE TAUGHT AT ALL. ALL. SO LET’S TALK ABOUT ALABAMA SO LET’S TALK ABOUT ALABAMA FIRST A SECOND. FIRST A SECOND. I CALLED UP THE STATE I CALLED UP THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION TO SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION TO FIND OUT WHAT AN ABSTINENCE FIND OUT WHAT AN ABSTINENCE FIRST APPROACH LOOKS LIKE. FIRST APPROACH LOOKS LIKE.>>SO THE GOAL OF SEX EDUCATION>>SO THE GOAL OF SEX EDUCATION IS TO TELL STUDENTS TO ABSTAIN IS TO TELL STUDENTS TO ABSTAIN FROM SEXUAL ACTIVITY UNTIL THEY FROM SEXUAL ACTIVITY UNTIL THEY ARE ADULTS. ARE ADULTS. THE HEALTH COURSE OF STUDY DOES THE HEALTH COURSE OF STUDY DOES GO FURTHER AND TALK ABOUT THINGS GO FURTHER AND TALK ABOUT THINGS LIKE PARENTING SKILLS AND LIKE PARENTING SKILLS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AND STDs AND RESPONSIBILITIES AND STDs AND ABOUT CONTRACEPTION. ABOUT CONTRACEPTION. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, MAKING IT BUT AT THE SAME TIME, MAKING IT VERY CLEAR THAT THE ONLY CERTAIN VERY CLEAR THAT THE ONLY CERTAIN WAY TO AVOID PREGNANCY OR WAY TO AVOID PREGNANCY OR TRANSFERENCE OF STDs IS THROUGH TRANSFERENCE OF STDs IS THROUGH ABSTINENCE. ABSTINENCE.>>SO I’M LOOKING AT A CHART>>SO I’M LOOKING AT A CHART FROM THE CDC. FROM THE CDC. AND ALABAMA RANKS IN THE TOP TEN AND ALABAMA RANKS IN THE TOP TEN FOR THE HIGHEST TEEN BIRTH RATES FOR THE HIGHEST TEEN BIRTH RATES IN THE COUNTRY. IN THE COUNTRY. WHEN A STATE HAS A HIGH TEEN WHEN A STATE HAS A HIGH TEEN BIRTH RATE COMPARATIVELY, DOES BIRTH RATE COMPARATIVELY, DOES THAT INDICATE TO YOU THAT THAT INDICATE TO YOU THAT ABSTINENCE ONLY EDUCATION IS ABSTINENCE ONLY EDUCATION IS EFFECTIVE? EFFECTIVE?>>I DON’T THINK YOU CAN MAKE>>I DON’T THINK YOU CAN MAKE THE CAUSAL DETERMINATION. THE CAUSAL DETERMINATION.>>DO YOU FEEL LIKE ADDING MORE>>DO YOU FEEL LIKE ADDING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CONTRA SEPTION INFORMATION ABOUT CONTRA SEPTION INTO THE SEX EDUCATION INTO THE SEX EDUCATION CURRICULUM COULD LOWER THE TEEN CURRICULUM COULD LOWER THE TEEN PREGNANCY RATE? PREGNANCY RATE?>>I DON’T KNOW.>>I DON’T KNOW. I THINK THAT IS AN ISSUE THAT I THINK THAT IS AN ISSUE THAT COULD BRING IN SOME HEALTH COULD BRING IN SOME HEALTH EXPERTS. EXPERTS.>>HEALTH TEACHERS AND OUR STATE>>HEALTH TEACHERS AND OUR STATE SPECIALISTS AND HAVE THAT SPECIALISTS AND HAVE THAT CONVERSATION. CONVERSATION.>>THE ALTERNATIVE TO THAT>>THE ALTERNATIVE TO THAT APPROACH IS COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH IS COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION. EDUCATION. WHICH MEANS AT THE VERY LEAST, WHICH MEANS AT THE VERY LEAST, STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT ABSTINENCE STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT ABSTINENCE AS WELL AS OTHER CONTRACEPTIONS. AS WELL AS OTHER CONTRACEPTIONS. A STUDY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF A STUDY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA SHOWED A CONNECTION GEORGIA SHOWED A CONNECTION BETWEEN ABSTINENCE FOCUSED BETWEEN ABSTINENCE FOCUSED EDUCATION AND TEEN BIRTH RATES. EDUCATION AND TEEN BIRTH RATES. THESE RESEARCHERS FOUND STATSZ THESE RESEARCHERS FOUND STATSZ THAT PLACE ADD STRONGER EMPHASIS THAT PLACE ADD STRONGER EMPHASIS ON ABSTINENCE, SEE HIGHER RATES ON ABSTINENCE, SEE HIGHER RATES OF TEEN PREGNANCY. OF TEEN PREGNANCY. SO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PUSH FOR SO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PUSH FOR COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION, I COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION, I CALLED UP JENNIFER DRIVER, A CALLED UP JENNIFER DRIVER, A STATE DIRECTOR AND THEY’RE A STATE DIRECTOR AND THEY’RE A NONPROFIT WORKING TO BROADEN SEX NONPROFIT WORKING TO BROADEN SEX EDUCATION AROUND THE COUNTRY AND EDUCATION AROUND THE COUNTRY AND THEY ALSO SUPPORT ABORTION THEY ALSO SUPPORT ABORTION RIGHTS. RIGHTS. WHAT ARE THE SHORTCOMINGS OF WHAT ARE THE SHORTCOMINGS OF ABSTINENCE ONLY EDUCATION IN ABSTINENCE ONLY EDUCATION IN YOUR MIND? YOUR MIND?>>OFTEN WHAT WE SEE IN>>OFTEN WHAT WE SEE IN ABSTINENCE ONLY PROGRAMS OR ALSO ABSTINENCE ONLY PROGRAMS OR ALSO WHAT’S CALLED EXCELLENT WHAT’S CALLED EXCELLENT AVOIDANCE PROGRAMS IS AN ATTEMPT AVOIDANCE PROGRAMS IS AN ATTEMPT TO WITHHOLD INFORMATION AND NOT TO WITHHOLD INFORMATION AND NOT PROVIDE YOUNG PEOPLE THE PROVIDE YOUNG PEOPLE THE COMPLETE PICTURE OF SEXUAL COMPLETE PICTURE OF SEXUAL HEALTH INFORMATION. HEALTH INFORMATION. IT’S ALL BEEN DONE IN A IT’S ALL BEEN DONE IN A STIGMATIZING WAY. STIGMATIZING WAY. THEY ARE HARMFUL AND THEY ARE HARMFUL AND STIGMATIZING TO YOUNG LGBTQ STIGMATIZING TO YOUNG LGBTQ YOUNG PEOPLE BY FRAMING MARRIAGE YOUNG PEOPLE BY FRAMING MARRIAGE BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN. BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN.>>DO YOU THINK WE’LL SEE A>>DO YOU THINK WE’LL SEE A CHANGE IN SEX EDUCATION CHANGE IN SEX EDUCATION CURRICULUM IN SOME OF THE STATES CURRICULUM IN SOME OF THE STATES THAT HAVE A — SORT OF A NARROW THAT HAVE A — SORT OF A NARROW VIEW OF WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE? VIEW OF WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE? DO YOU ANTICIPATE ANY BROADENING DO YOU ANTICIPATE ANY BROADENING OF THAT AT ALL? OF THAT AT ALL?>>THERE ARE SOME THAT ARE>>THERE ARE SOME THAT ARE MAKING A MOVEMENT AND MAKING MAKING A MOVEMENT AND MAKING CHANGES. CHANGES.>>DO YOU SEE ANY UPSIDE TO>>DO YOU SEE ANY UPSIDE TO ABSTINENCE ONLY EDUCATION? ABSTINENCE ONLY EDUCATION?>>I THINK AS A PART OF A WIDE>>I THINK AS A PART OF A WIDE RANGE OF INFORMATION. RANGE OF INFORMATION. IT’S THE ABSTINENCE ONLY THAT I IT’S THE ABSTINENCE ONLY THAT I THINK I TAKE THE MOST ISSUE THINK I TAKE THE MOST ISSUE WITH. WITH. IT’S NOT PROVIDING YOUNG PEOPLE IT’S NOT PROVIDING YOUNG PEOPLE WITH ALL OF THE INFORMATION. WITH ALL OF THE INFORMATION.>>THE U.S. HAS INVESTED OVER $1>>THE U.S. HAS INVESTED OVER $1 BILLION INTO ABSTINENCE ONLY BILLION INTO ABSTINENCE ONLY PROGRAMS. PROGRAMS. AND WE DID SEE A REVERSAL DURING AND WE DID SEE A REVERSAL DURING THE OBAMA YEARS, BUT IT LOOKS THE OBAMA YEARS, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS LIKE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS SHUTTING FEDERAL FUNDING BACK SHUTTING FEDERAL FUNDING BACK INTO THOSE ABSTINENCE ONLY INTO THOSE ABSTINENCE ONLY PROGRAMS. PROGRAMS. SEVERAL STUDIES OVER THE YEARS SEVERAL STUDIES OVER THE YEARS ACTUALLY SHOW SEX EDUCATION IS ACTUALLY SHOW SEX EDUCATION IS LESS CONTROVERSIAL AMONG PARENTS LESS CONTROVERSIAL AMONG PARENTS PARENTS. PARENTS. THERE’S CONSIDERABLE PUBLIC THERE’S CONSIDERABLE PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR A MORE BALANCED

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  1. Teen pregnancy is a result of cultural degradation. One must ask why those in Alabama continue to suffer from this at such high rates. When you further break it down demographically and racially – it's even more clear. Certain demographics have higher rates of teen pregnancy, of fathers who don't stay with mothers, of mothers who insist the State pay for them and their offspring (demonstrating their bad judgment in bad fathers), etc.

  2. And yet killing babies without cause continues in the US. Prenatal health care protecting the baby through child birth is health care. Killing a baby is murder. Also called infanticide. Abortion is when a military or space mission is ended. The word abortion was chosen to deceive our youth into believing killing their baby was not wrong. Imagine killing your own child. Does that feel wrong? Killing our own children goes against everything inside of us. Stop saying abortion.

  3. This should be a Women "ONLY VOTE " . Why are the MEN not included in this problem ? The man has to support this child ! WHO EVER IT IS .

  4. An abstinence only curriculum is a disservice to our youth and it shows in the teen pregnancy numbers by state. Unfortunately these red states are stuck in the 1900s and the only way around it is to move. Sad.

  5. the main reason this is happening is:

    U.S. Births Fell To A 32-Year Low In 2018; CDC Says Birthrate Is In Record Slump

  6. And I bet their solution for high rate for teen pregnancy will be the lowering age consent to marriage 😔

  7. It seems like its all the confederate states from the past that claim that slaves were not human, so we have the right to own them. But yet an unborn fetus is human at conception. Boy how we change.

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