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Thousands of Texans Sign Petition Asking Gov. Rick Perry to Reject ‘Abstinence Only’ Education

Over 5,000 people have signed a petition circulated by the Texas Freedom Network, asking Texas Gov. Rick Perry to include comprehensive sex education in the issues being considered in an upcoming special legislation session.

Perry has called for two special sessions in an effort to give GOP lawmakers more time to push through a controversial package of new abortion laws, including measures that would shut down the vast majority of abortion clinics in the state.

The petitioners are hoping that the implementation of sex ed can reduce the number of abortions in the state.

“Given your stated intention of reducing abortion in Texas, you should support policies that give women and teens the information they need to avoid unplanned pregnancies,” the petition states. “That means ending the state’s promotion of failed abstinence-only sex education and installing policies that ensure teaching about birth control, along with abstinence, in high school sex education classes.”

GOP lawmakers in Texas have repeatedly endorsed abstinence-only education — which is known to not provide teens with medically-accurate information about how to prevent pregnancy or sexually-transmitted diseases. Texas currently does not have any state-mandated requirements for sex ed classes in the public school system. When schools have opted to provide some sort of sex ed program, they are required to stress abstinence and sex only within the confines of marriage.

Studies have confirmed states that don’t provide comprehensive sex education consistently have the highest rates of teen pregnancies and STDs. Texas currently has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancies in the nation.

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  1. Bob Cull

    July 10, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I don’t see much hope that Perry will pay any attention to this petition, after all he was elected to do the will of his evangelical supporters not the people of Texas. He will most likely dismiss it because “it has been proven that sex ed encourages teen to have sex.” We didn’t have sex ed when I was in high school and I never thought about having sex, nor did any of my friends (he said while laughing uncontrollably).

  2. iradonna

    July 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Seriously!! What is wrong with these people??? Real citizens are dealing with real problems in the USA!! When will they pull their heads out of their asses and address them?

  3. Karen

    July 12, 2013 at 12:25 am

    They won’t because they are “DICK ASSES “

  4. Jfro

    July 12, 2013 at 5:18 am

    You can educate folks about “risky” behavior, but the majority of people who are having abortions do use contraception. They just don’t use it well. And if the pill is supposed to be 99% effective, there should be a class action suit.

    From Guttmacher (a very pro-choice source):

    • Fifty-four percent of women who have abortions had used a contraceptive method (usually the condom or the pill) during the month they became pregnant. Among those women, 76% of pill users and 49% of condom users report having used their method inconsistently, while 13% of pill users and 14% of condom users report correct use.[8]

    • Forty-six percent of women who have abortions had not used a contraceptive method during the month they became pregnant. Of these women, 33% had perceived themselves to be at low risk for pregnancy, 32% had had concerns about contraceptive methods, 26% had had unexpected sex and 1% had been forced to have sex.[8]

    • Eight percent of women who have abortions have never used a method of birth control; nonuse is greatest among those who are young, poor, black, Hispanic or less educated.[8]

    • About half of unintended pregnancies occur among the 11% of women who are at risk for unintended pregnancy but are not using contraceptives. Most of these women have practiced contraception in the past.[9,10]

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