Lets do sex education RIGHT in North Carolina, aka don't listen to the NC Family Colicy council

Last June the Healthy Youth Act passed in North Carolina, finally ending 10 years of harmful abstinence-only sex education. The new bill is not perfect, but it says that schools must teach about abstinence and all FDA methods of birth control. This is a major step foreword for young people in NC, and hopefully we will see a decline in teen pregnancy rates after tens start receiving this comprehensive information. 
The North Carolina Family Policy Council, an ultra-conservative advocacy group that fought the passage of the Healthy Youth Act, has said many hateful ignorant things about sex education, homosexuality, and teen pregnancy. They are sexist and bigoted, and if they were in charge of making policy all of us young people would be screwed. They published an article warning their supporters of the dangers of comprehensive sex education, and they cited this expert taking about what she teacher:
You can’t talk about sex without talking about condoms,” says Marcia Brown, director of Worth Waiting 4, an abstinence education program in Rocky Mount, which is a ministry of the local Pregnancy Care Center. She teaches the AUM (Abstinence until marriage) program in all middle and high schools in Rocky Mount-Nash County. “While I do talk about contraception in the context of failure rates, I never encourage the use of contraceptives,” says Brown, “and I never show them how to use contraceptives.”35
What the hell? You talk about condoms, but don’t encourage us to use them? Simply put, this does not work. The Family Policy Council also says that EC, commonly called the Morning After pill, is too controversial for teens to hear about in High School because they claim it is an abortion pill:
We would NOT be willing to discuss emergency contraception as a choice,” Honeycutt emphasizes, “as there is medical evidence substantiating that this method acts as an abortifacient.”38

This is not true.  EC does not cause an abortion; this is a lie to scare teenagers.  Making healthy decisions about sexual health is impossible when we do not have accurate information.  Finally, they talk about who should teach sex ed to teens:
Crossposted on Amplify

The real question raised by the enactment of the HYA is not whether AUM education is dead in North Carolina, but who is best suited to teach reproductive health education going forward. Will it continue to be taught by well-trained AUM educators, who are able to factually present the contraceptive information without promoting teen sexual activity? Or will it be taught by condom distributors and abortion providers, who believe that adolescent sexual activity is acceptable and who stand to gain the most from the negative consequences associated with it?
This is offensive and ignorant. Adolescent sexual activity is happening, and anything that our schools teach needs to recognize this fact. More than 20,000 teen girls became pregnant in NC last year, and this is only because of the failed ab-only education NC teens have received.  It is time for a change in North Carolina. Its time to accurate information to sex education, and to recognize that young people make the best decisions when they are treated with respect and get all the information about sexual health. 


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