I am convinced that teaching anything BUT abstinance-only will result in less teenage pregnancies; which would, in turn, result in less teenage abortions.
This is not how our Christian society works... telling teenagers how to have sex, how to use birth control, the risks involved in having sex like HIV and STD's... that's all ENCOURAGING them to have sex, right?
I have faith that our generation is much smarter than this. I think that any intelligent person will agree that abstinance-only results in a dangerous situation for teens. Apparently inherent biology is not in the Bible so it cannot be accepted that PEOPLE WILL HAVE SEX. Yes, I said, it, people will have sex. All kinds of people... married people, single people, gay people and teenagers... especially teenagers.
Then again, maybe it changes when you have a daughter of your own. You don't want her to have sex at all... EVER (except maybe on her wedding day, and not a day before!) That's unrealistic expectation though. Wouldn't you rather your daughter to make responsible, educated decisions, rather than just giving into the peer pressure of the first guy that sweet talks her into it (without a condom of course).
So back to our generation... and by that, I mean the majority of us here at the cafe are in the 18-35 demographic. Some of us have kids, some don't; but hopefully when we are the old-man blow hards in congress at the state and federal level making laws and decisions on funding telling our schools how our children should represent themselves between the sheets, we can use a logical, common sense approach to the subject, rather than simply turning a blind eye to the growing problem of teenage pregnancy while constantly denouncing abortion (which may be an indirect result of the exact legislation that they support).
And finally, I agree parents should be the ONLY one's with the burdon of responsibility when it comes to telling their kids about sex. But lets face the facts here; the demographics where teenage preganancy is truly a problem are the demographics that truly need this kind of education in school. They're just not going to get it elsewhere.
You could always be like the religious kid whose parents made you leave when the cheesey sex-ed video with the bunnies comes on.
And I'll leave with a memory of that episode of the simpson's where they showed the sex ed video with the bunnies and when they have sex, Mrs. Krabapple says "She's faking it." Haha, she probably was.
If you're a battery, you're either working or you're dead....