Sex Ed Bill Causes Controversy in Massachusetts
A group of Massachusetts legislators have introduced a bill that would set curricula for schools that offer sex ed. Lessons would be required to include “age-appropriate” information on healthy relationships, the benefits of abstinence, and the use of contraceptive methods to help prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The bill was initially introduced in 2013 and again last year. It cleared the Senate in November and is now in the House Ways and Means Committee.
Texas School District Votes to Add More Info to Sex Ed Curriculum
The board of the Weatherford Independent School District in Texas voted 4-2 to add additional topics to the already-existing sexual education program for sixth graders. At the moment, the program—known as Worth the Wait—is abstinence-centered.
UK Implements 10-Year Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
The UK government implemented a 10-year teen pregnancy prevention program. The program has since been credited for halving the under-18 pregnancy rate in England, and is now being used as a model for other countries.