7 states trying to gut sex ed and promote abstinence

Teen pregnancy and the spread of STDs are clearly major problems. And the nation is just as clearly divided on how to solve them.

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Most teenagers attending public school in the United States take some kind of sexual education class. But that doesn't mean classes in Knoxville and New York City are going to have much of anything in common. In some states, the prevailing cultural norms are all about signing virginity pledges, wearing promise rings, and bringing fathers to purity balls. Elsewhere in America, schools teach students how to put condoms on bananas, identify sexually transmitted diseases, and explore same-sex relationships.

Indeed, the education that an American student receives is largely dependent on the whims of state lawmakers, and this year, at least seven states have proposed clamping down on comprehensive sexual education in favor of an anti-abortion or abstinence-based approach.

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