This year Mississippi became first in the nation, but it's not a first we are proud of. The Centers for Disease Control listed Mississippi as having the highest teen birth rate in the country, with more than 68 births for every 1,000 teenage girls. That's a lot of young lives being changed forever. In a way that just shouldn't be happening. In Mississippi our schools teach abstinence only, not sex education. If you look at the numbers you know that's not working.
In this day and age of technology where everything is at your finger tips it's just not realistic to not educate our children about the dangers of being sexually active. We urge our state lawmakers to fund an education program state wide that teaches our children about the consequences of sex and how to prevent sexually transmitted disease and pregnancy.
In the meantime we applaud community out reaches like this weekend's Save Our Sisters program at the Coast Coliseum. It offers girls and women a chance to hear and learn about not only abstinence, but also about everything they need to know to protect themselves. And isn't that what we want to ultimately do, protect our children.
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