NEW YORK, NY — Today, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that in most U.S. states, fewer than half of high schools and just one in five middle schools teach all the essential sex education topics recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of topics covered varied by state and states that teach all recommended topics range from a low of 21 percent (in AZ) to 90 percent (in NJ) in high schools and from 4 percent (in AZ) to 46 percent (in NC) in middle schools.
Statement from Leslie Kantor, PhD, MPH, Vice President of Education at Planned Parenthood Federation of America:
“Sex education is essential to adolescents’ overall health and well-being. The fact that young people in so many states are being deprived of information critical to their sexual health is unacceptable. More than 90% of parents support sex education that covers a wide range of topics in both high school and middle school. Planned Parenthood is available throughout the country to partner with schools in providing high quality sex education. We hope that the new CDC data serves as a wakeup call that we can and must do better in giving young people the sex education they need and deserve.”
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With approximately 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.
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December 09, 2015