In August 2011, Mayor Bloomberg announced the return of mandatory sexual education classes to New York City schools, targeting black and Latino teens in particular ---two groups with soaring STD and pregnancy rates.
The sex ed initiative claims to support abstinence as the best way to avoid pregnancy and STD/HIV. And when the program was announced, the city’s Deputy Mayor, Linda Gibbs, proclaimed the city’s good intentions: "We want to help kids to delay the onset of sexual activity, and if they choose to engage in sexual activity, to do it in a healthy way."
Fine words, but utterly contradicted by the facts. The program promotes sex while giving lip service to abstinence. Worse, it does so in graphic detail, portraying as normal every kind of deviance (one supporter called them “alternative ways of having sex”).
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