Here's why the S.C. bill to amend the Comprehensive Health Education Act is a no-brainer.
It contains needed reporting and compliance requirements.
It provides age-appropriate, medically accurate reproductive and sexual health information to students. Young people are better equipped to make educated, responsible decisions when they have the facts.
And, it just might help raise some of South Carolina's deplorable teen health statistics. The annual cost of teen childbearing, in terms of public spending in South Carolina, is $197 million. The state ranks 10th in the nation for teen birth rates, ages 15-19. It is the third-highest state in the country for cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Let's face facts. Almost 60 percent of teens have had sex by their senior year in high school with subsequent costs to their health and taxpayer dollars. The clear lesson is that education and prevention work.
We owe it to our young people to get them this information.
Theresa L. Scheetz