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Children, Sexuality, and the Law$
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Sacha M. Coupet and Ellen Marrus

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814723852

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814723852.001.0001

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The Right to Comprehensive Sex Education

The Right to Comprehensive Sex Education

(p.163) 7 The Right to Comprehensive Sex Education
Children, Sexuality, and the Law

Hazel G. Beh

NYU Press

This chapter addresses children's rights to sexual information, including affirmative sexual education in schools, sexual health services, and contraception. Over the last several decades, the federal government and conservative religious organizations have joined together to develop and implement abstinence-only sex education within the public schools. These curricula have been regarded by some as so overtly deceptive, narrowly focused, and discriminatory as to be harmful to children. Critics of abstinence-only sex education have argued that minors, as sexual beings, need and deserve comprehensive sex education. At the very least, if the government funds sex education, then the information provided should be factually accurate, inclusive toward all citizens, and non-discriminatory.

Keywords:   sexual information, sexual education, sexual health services, contraception, abstinence-only sex education, comprehensive sex education

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