Responsible Sex Education

Research shows that medically accurate, age-appropriate comprehensive sex education programs that include abstinence are effective in helping young people postpone intercourse, reduce their number of sexual partners and increase the use of condoms and other forms of contraception. In contrast, research has found that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs that teach abstinence as the only acceptable method of contraception outside of marriage — are ineffective.

Seventy percent (70%) of  Iowa voters believe that age-appropriate, medically accurate sex education should be taught in Iowa’s public schools. Currently, there are no dedicated public dollars in Iowa for comprehensive sex education.

PP Heartland supports funding the teaching of responsible, age-appropriate, medically accurate sex education, including information about both abstinence and contraception, in public schools.