Sex education in Calif. town: Abstinence, plenty of rest

Sex education written on blackboardBY KRISTINA CHEW

Two parents, a chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network have filed a lawsuit against the Clovis Unified School District over its high school sex education curriculum, on the grounds that it violates state law by only teaching about abstinence without instructing students about condoms and contraception.

The lawsuit alleges that the abstinence-only curriculum endangers students’ health by “denying them accurate information about how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies,” says the Los Angeles Times. Under California’s law, sex education in public schools must be “comprehensive, medically accurate, bias-free, and appropriate for students of all sexual orientations,” says AFP.


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