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Disappointed by sex ed vote

I am extremely disappointed in Supervisor Horne and Bedwell’s vote regarding the grant proposal for comprehensive accurate sex education in our schools.

The Nevada County Health Department is to be applauded for supporting enlightened comprehensive sexuality education.

Research has confirmed that this type of education does not promote promiscuity, but rather comprehensive research by the Kaiser Family Foundation has not yet identified any abstinence-only sex ed program that is effective. What research does find is that if young people receive abstinence-only education, then once they finally become sexually active, they are then less likely to use either contraception or safe-sex practices to prevent disease.

Further, the American Medical Association (AMA) urges schools to implement comprehensive, developmentally appropriate sexuality education programs that includes “an integrated strategy for making condoms available to students and for providing both factual information and skill-building related to reproductive biology, sexual abstinence, sexual responsibility, contraceptives including condoms, alternatives in birth control, and other issues aimed at prevention of pregnancy and sexual transmission of diseases.”

Marion Becker

Grass Valley

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