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Survey Says: It's OK to Talk About Sex

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Teen pregnancy affects families and communities, and makes it harder for young people to become healthy and productive adults. While there is controversy surrounding some areas of reproductive health, there is
almost unanimous recognition that teen pregnancy is an important issue. Additionally, there is strong support among the majority of Americans – even in South Carolina - for teaching comprehensive sex education in

public schools. Teen pregnancy prevention is a winnable battle: there is sustained support among the public, over 30 programs with strong evidence of effectiveness, and the law in South Carolina requires sex education be taught in public schools.

A new publication produced by the SC Campaign speaks to this point and clearly proves that there is widespread support among South Carolinians for teaching comprehensive sex ed in public schools.  Some key findings include:

  • The vast majority of adults in South Carolina (95%) and across the country (93%) identify teen pregnancy as an important issue and think that more prevention efforts are needed.
  • Nearly 1/3 of teen girls who have dropped out of high school cite early pregnancy or parenthood as a key reason.
  • 84% of South Carolinians support sex education that emphasizes abstinence and teaches about contraception.
  • Not only do South Carolinians feel strongly about the topic, they also support increases in time spent on teaching sex ed; state funding for teen pregnancy prevention efforts, and certifications for health education teachers.