Barack obama vs bristol palin: Why the president's sex education policy wins

Dana A. Weiser, Monica K. Miller

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Abstract

The federal government has exponentially increased funding for abstinence-only sex education over the last few decades, a position supported by former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol. Unfortunately, empirical research indicates that abstinence-only education is ineffective and may have negative consequences for adolescents. Despite encouragement of abstinence, adolescents continue to engage in sexual relationships, indicating that a different approach to sex education should be supported. This situation raises a number of justice issues because it is important for the government to fund sex education curricula that instruct adolescents on how to protect themselves from pregnancy and STDs. The majority of parents also disagree with the federal funding of abstinence-only education and support more comprehensive education. This indicates that funding abstinence-only education is diametrically opposed to community sentiment. Federal funding of abstinence-only sex education is also problematic as such policies violate a number of adolescents' constitutional rights. Therefore, the federal government must revise its current sex education policies. President Obama's proposed plan has the potential to overcome many of these issues associated with abstinence-only education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-424
Number of pages14
JournalContemporary Justice Review: Issues in Criminal, Social, and Restorative Justice
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2010

Keywords

  • Community sentiment
  • STD prevention
  • Sex education policy
  • Sexual health
  • Sexual self-efficacy
  • Teen pregnancy

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