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TUESDAY, JAN. 29, 2008, 12:34 P.M.

Vox Box: Arizona just says no to abstinence-only funding

Arizona is now the 16th state to reject federal funds for abstinence-only sex education.

According to Governor Janet Napolitano: "While we all support abstinence-only and don't believe, in particular, that teenagers should be engaged in sexual relationships of that sort, the fact of the matter is that some do. They need to have complete information for their own health."

From the Vox Box:

I did a search to see if Washington was one of those states and found this from a Washington Post article: "Two other states -- Ohio and Washington -- have applied but stipulated they would use the money for comprehensive sex education, effectively making themselves ineligible, federal officials said."

It has been reported that teen pregnancy and STDs are on the rise, and critics blame sex ed programs in schools that don't teach contraception.

QUESTION: What do you think? Does contraception need to be taught in schools? Where did you learn about it?




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