2015 marks 20 years since Texas has required an abstinence-until-marriage approach to sex education in our public schools, teaching our teens to just say no to sex. For these 20 years Texas has consistently ranked in the top 10 states for teen sexual activity, the top 5 states for highest teen pregnancy rate, the highest rate in the nation for repeat teen pregnancies, and among the bottom 5 states for condom use by sexually active teens. In short, despite all the efforts of abstinence-until-marriage sex education, Texas has some of the most dangerous sexual behavior among teens in the entire nation. Young Texans deserve better sex education than the current abstinence-until-marriage approach. We call on the Texas Legislature to reform sex education in Texas to a more honest and educational model, such as abstinence-plus.

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