These days, it’s pretty hard to find scientific research proving the benefits of abstinence-only education. In fact, study after study has found that such programs fail to prevent teens from contracting STDs or getting pregnant, let alone having sex before marriage. But a conference held at Columbia University in New York found something else: Abstinence-only programs infringe on teens’ basic human rights!
The term "human rights" refers to the entitlements that all humans on the planet should be allowed to access in order to live with decency and freedom. Along with things like civil and political rights and equality before the law, the rights to health care and education are included as two very important human rights.
Yet on some levels, teens in America are being shortchanged. According to the Columbia conference, forcing abstinence-only education on American youth is denying them rights.
As the conference publication explains, "Access to complete and accurate sexual health information has been recognized as a basic human right