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All US politicians need to support sex education in our post-low world

I am not here to take the position of abortion. The debate is intensifying on both sides, but it does not change the fact that our Supreme Courthas defeated theRoe v. Wade case. It will be longer.

Now that we're here, the question is how to minimize the number of women who experience unwanted pregnancies in the first place — especially now with access to abortion. In a restricted state? It's a harm reduction utilitarian question, and the obvious answer is sex education.

It is difficult to obtain specific statistics, butestimatedabout half of women who have had an abortiondid not use any form of contraception at the time. Hmm. The concept, and even41 percent, does so in an inconsistent way. This status quo — the use of contraception is loose and one of thefivepregnancies ends — needs to be changed.

This past week the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade leaving the abortion issue to individual states.
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This is also a complaint I Of our education system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than halfin high school and less than one-fifth in middle school cover 20 recommended elements of sex education. And, according to student surveys, the situation is getting worse. The percentage of girlswho saywho received information about where to get contraception before having sex for the first time has dropped from 87% to 64% since 1995.

Shouldn't be Surprisingly, the United States has ateen pregnancy rate that ishigher than most other developed countries. Comprehensive sex education isrelated,, has a low risk of teenage pregnancy, and has lifelong empowerment to control reproductive fate.

America experiences higher rates of teen pregnancy than most other developed nations. Sexual education has been shown to lower these rates.

Much of this comes down to state and local law. Today, only30states and the District of Columbia require sex education, and only22demand medically and virtually accurate guidance,19 { Only 55} requires that method. All of contraception is covered.

Ironically, many states that currently have restricted access to abortion do not require sex education or emphasize the abstinence of teaching. It needs to change. More than half of American teenshave sexual intercourse by the time they graduate. Humans have sex and it is foolish to pretend not. Teaching them to do so responsibly is the only realistic way to move forward.

Education must be used to change the status quo where one in five pregnancies are terminated.
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All US Parliamentarians — , especially all Parliamentarians Congressman Life— We need to propose a bill to strengthen sex education in schools. Empowering the post-low generation to engage in responsible sex is the bare minimum we can, and legislators will find it the winner of the vote. A whopping89%of voters say that sex education is important in junior high school, and the overwhelming 98% think it is important in high school.

Now that abortion is no longer legal in many states, we should encourage teenagers to avoid getting pregnant — by teaching them about contraception via sexual education in school.

Meanwhile, American parents demand better reproductive education for their children. need to do it. In many areas, the sex education policyapplies to the local school board. They should still seek comprehensive sex education from local officials, as hordes of worried parents recently protested the politicization of their children's curriculum at school board meetings.

Conclusion: Sex education is more important than ever in the post-low world. Weneed to empower the next generation of women with the knowledge to help them take on reproductive freedom.

Rikki Schlott is a 22 year old student, journalist and activist.