What is Choice?
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Both California and the nation have unacceptably high rates of teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and HIV/AIDS infections. Part of the problem is that many opponents of choice work to block schools from teaching teens the facts about sex and staying safe.
- Our opponents strongly disapprove of education programs that teach teens about birth control. Instead, they support dangerous "abstinence-only" programs.
- When teens don't learn the facts, their health is at risk. Some studies even show that young people who go through abstinence-only programs are less likely to use contraception and protect themselves when they become sexually active.
- Making matters worse, many of these "abstinence-only" programs include blatantly false and inaccurate information.
Research shows that sex education programs that teach students how to obtain and use contraceptives are effective. For instance, in 2004, California passed SB 71,which requires all California public schools who teach sex education to teach medically accurate, age-appropriate sex education. Since then our teen birthrate has declined by 50%. Given this success, NARAL Pro-Choice California,along with an overwhelming majority of Californians, supports honest and medically accurate sex education programs.