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Sex Education

In United States, if any state takes any money from the Federal Government for sex-education in schools, then they are supposed to teach only sexual abstinence (due to Catholic beliefs ?) and should *not* provide any information on contraception. California, the state everyone hates, refused to take federal money and “started teaching about contraception”:http://www.sacbee.com/content/politics/story/9207762p-10133041c.html.

bq. In briefings Thursday for House offices and today for Senate staffers, the California Wellness Foundation, which runs a statewide teen pregnancy initiative, said the state’s teen birth rate had dropped from 11th highest in the country in 1991 to 21st place in 2002.

bq. Brindis, citing figures from the state Department of Health Services, said the teen birth rate fell from 73 to 41.1 per 1,000 youths between the ages of 15 and 19. That drop exceeded the 30 percent decline in the national rate between 1991 and 2002, and put the state slightly below the national teen birth rate of 43 per 1,000.

And interestingly, the shift to this comprehensive plan was started under the Republican Gov. Pete Wilson.

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