Think Progress published a post about Illinois' sex ed measure, which was recently signed by Governor Pat Quinn. The measure will ensure that schools which have a sex-ed curricula teach information that is medically accurate, age appropriate and complete. In other words, students in Illinois will learn about birth control in addition to learning about abstinence as ways to prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. The ACLU of Illinois lobbied and advocated for the passage of the sex ed bill, and urges supporters to thank the legislators who sponsored the bill.
According to the National Campaign’s recent survey, 69 percent of adults over the age of 18 agree that sex ed classes should include information about accurate prevention methods in addition to messages about delaying sex until teens are ready for it. The support is even greater among certain demographic groups. Seventy five percent of adults in the South — which has the highest rates of teen pregnancy and teen births in the country — think health curricula should teach kids about birth control.