California Ruling: “Abstinence-Only” Sex Ed Is Not Actually Sex Ed

May 18, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

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In a decision that’s being hailed as “historic,” a judge in California has ruled that health classes focusing exclusively on telling students to remain abstinent until marriage fall short of the state’s comprehensive sex ed requirements.

In his opinion, Fresno County Superior Court Judge Donald Black concludesthat, given the high rates of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy in the U.S., medically accurate sexual health information is “an important public right.”

Black’s decision narrowly applies to about 40,000 students who attend the Clovis Unified School District. However, since his opinion represents the first-ever ruling on California’s decade-old sex education standards, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – whose legal counsel represented the plaintiffs in the suit – believes it sets an important precedent for the rest of the state.

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