SIECUS evaluates state sexuality education programs

August 2004
Contemporary Sexuality;Aug2004, Vol. 38 Issue 8, p6
This article reports that the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) has released "SIECUS State Profiles: A Portrait of Sexuality Education and Abstinence-Only Until-Marriage Programs in the States." The report details the amount, type, and use of federal abstinence-only-until-marriage funds in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The publication also chronicles controversies related to sexuality education in each state, lists relevant state statutes, and provides contact information for state-based organizations involved in sexuality education and sexual health issues. Few states have laws supporting a comprehensive approach to sexuality education. Maine has the most comprehensive education law in the nation: it mandates sexuality education that is age-appropriate, medically accurate, and provides information on both abstinence and contraception. California and Oregon also have progressive sexuality education laws that require those schools that choose to teach sexuality education to take a comprehensive approach.


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