Isn't It About Time We Come to Terms With Teens Having Sex Before Marriage?

RECEIVED Wed., Nov. 16, 2011

Dear Editor,
    I appreciate your cynical reporting of Rick Perry’s views on sex education in our terribly sexually uneducated state [“Just Say No!,” News, Oct. 28]. Isn’t it about time that we all come to terms with the fact that most teens will have sex prior to marriage? Abstinence simply is not a realistic policy. How can Perry claim “abstinence works” and that it is the best way to “teach our children” when nothing is being taught whatsoever? Teenagers are going into the process completely blind because they have not been taught how to do it safely and intelligently. Surely he must realize that as the number of teen pregnancies continues to climb, a policy change must go hand in hand. As a fresh college student myself, my somewhat recent experience with sex education in high school consisted of a simple chapter of information in a textbook followed by the required signing of an “abstinence card.” Of course, most of these ended up in the trash can by the end of class. Perry’s beliefs as well as those mirrored by the current state of sexual education are outdated and unrealistic in a state with such a high teen pregnancy rate.
Tansy Stobart
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