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HUGE SHIFT IN SEX ED: Congressional Report Validates Abstinence
Just weeks after the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) released its two-part definitive report detailing how abstinence has proven to yield far better sex education results than the conventional method of contraception promotion, Congress has also released a report with the same findings.
Further, Congress’ version concluded that, as a result of the data, the abstinence, or Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA), method deserves policy priority.
Available for interviews to discuss this remarkable game-changer are Valerie Huber, the Executive Director of the NAEA, and Dr. Nanci Coppola, the Executive Director of Program Reach and the Healthy Respect Program
“America’s teens need guidance to protect them from the consequences of risky sexual behavior,” reads the report, published by the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee. “Unfortunately, the current course of national policy on teenage pregnancy prevention is undermining the desired health outcome. Careful examination of research confirms that a value-neutral and risk reduction approach to sexual behavior is not consistent with teenage behavioral theory and not effective in impacting America’s high rates of teenage pregnancy and STIs.”
While the NAEA report provided significant empirical evidence, Huber and Coppola both point out that the Congressional report is significant because its subcommittee has jurisdiction over the nation’s sex education policies and provides a “hopeful sign that Congress will work to correct the current federal sex education policy in the next session.”
“We applaud the leadership of Representative (Joe) Pitts (R-PA) to correct current sex education policy by reestablishing a priority on the SRA abstinence education approach based on the evidence of effectiveness,” says Huber. “The Subcommittee report also effectively sets the record straight by clarifying the two sex education approaches. Almost 75 percent of 15–17 year olds have never had sex and our federal sex education policy should reinforce these positive trends.”
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Dr. Nanci Coppola is the Executive Director of Program Reach and the Healthy Respect Program. She received her undergraduate training in biology and psychology at the University of Rochester. She received a Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and a Masters degree in Health Administration and Wellness Education from the California College of Health Sciences.
Dr. Coppola has 30 years of experience in the fields of education and medicine. Prior to becoming the Executive Director, she served as Healthy Respect’s Director of Curriculum from 2005-2008.
Valerie Huber is the Executive Director of the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA), a Washington, D.C.-based professional association in support of abstinence education as the optimal strategy for teen sexual health. Valerie previously served as the Title V Abstinence Education Coordinator for the state of Ohio where she provided oversight and grant awards to community abstinence programs serving more than 100,000 students per year as part of the Ohio Department of Health. Huber also founded and directed a non-profit organization in support of character building and abstinence education during the late 1990’s that served all school districts in two counties of Ohio.
She is a frequent spokesperson for teen sexual health in various media venues and has been interviewed hundreds of times by prominent print, radio and television outlets. She is an expert on the history of sex education as well as the public policy decision-making that has influenced how sex education is taught in communities across the nation.
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