Texas School District Dumps Drug-Based Sex Education, Keeps Abstinence

Austin, TX, November 16, 2012— Late yesterday, Round Rock I.S.D. became the latest Texas school district to backtrack on a recommendation that the school start teaching drug-based sex education to middle school students.  The expanded sex education teaching was to include teaching students about injection methods of “contraceptive” devices such as implants, which a specially trained doctor has to insert into a child’s arm,  IUD, which has to be inserted into a girl’s cervix by a doctor, as well as the birth control and morning after pill.  These drug-based devices have no ability to prevent STDs, and children can still get pregnant if they use them.  Some of them also have the potential side effect of death. Local parents have raised concerns about the content and process.  Round Rock I.S.D. says it will evaluate the process and content but it will make no changes this year.

Cy-Fair I.S.D. in Texas stopped its middle school drug-based sex “contraceptive” education program earlier this year after parents were outraged that the program included teaching about oral and “responsible” anal sex.

“This is a temporary victory for parents.  There are more questions than answers about how and why Round Rock wants to start teaching drug-based sex education with our tax dollars in middle school.  Government schools should not be promoting risky methods that have death as a potential side effect,” said Jonathan Saenz, Texas Values President. “Abstinence works 100% of the time at preventing STDs and pregnancy and numerous scientific studies back up its success.  These other methods always have a failure rate, always.”

Teen birth rates nationally reached historic lows this year, rates not seen since 1946.  Texas also has continued a 20 year trend of teen birth rates declining 33% over that time period.

Round Rock I.S.D. will continue its abstinence only teaching at the middle school level.  The school district uncovered potential violations of how the committee was chosen that recommended the sex education change.  Pro-abortion groups in Texas, like Texas Freedom Network, have been involved in pushing their members to be involved in these committees as part of their effort to radically change how sex education is taught in Texas and to ban abstinence teaching altogether.

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