ERIC Number: ED296200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Is It O.K. for PPFA to Say "No Way"?
Sexuality educators face a common dilemma in deciding whether it is best that teenagers not have babies, not get pregnant, or not have intercourse. Research findings suggest that sexuality educators and adolescents themselves are divided on the issue. The current political climate suggests that educators should promote abstinence. Some programs concentrate on the negative aspects of intercourse for adolescents, such as pregnancy, premature parenthood, venereal disease, abandonment by the loved one, and loss of self-respect, but do not offer alternatives. Abstinence programs which avoid the mention of contraception reinforce a reluctance to plan, to take responsibility for one's behavior, or to use contraception. Planned Parenthood should teach abstinence from intercourse within the context of sexuality education, not instead of such comprehensive education. Planned Parenthood has always presented abstinence as one contraceptive option, but only one of many options, and has asserted that informed choice is critical. Individuals have the right to have access to information about family planning. Schools, school systems, and states should work to implement the provision of sexuality education for all students, and to assure that contraceptive services are accessible to young people. (NB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Contraception, Early Parenthood, Elementary Secondary Education, Pregnancy, Prevention, Sex Education, Sexual Abstinence
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., Education Dept., 810 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., New York, NY.