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Proponents of “comprehensive” sex education claim that sexually-transmitted disease (STD) and pregnancy are rampant among Utah teens and, therefore, the state’s health curriculum needs to be “updated.”  They want the curriculum to include more explicit instruction in contraception, and they want teachers to encourage students to use it.

 

However, digging into the data leads to a different conclusion.

 

In an opinion-editorial, “No need in Utah for ‘comprehensive’ sex ed,” published in the Salt Lake Tribune on Friday, February 12, 2010, Sutherland Policy Analyst Matthew C. Piccolo takes a close look at what the numbers have to say about Utah teens, STDs, and proposed changes in the state’s sex-education laws.

 

To read the published version of the op-ed, click http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_14384163.

 

To read the full version, with statistical sources, click here.