Gloria explains why she thinks abstinence-only sexual educations programs are inadequate.
Well, abstinence-only programs are not only inadequate, they are actually dangerous, and here is why–because, you know, knowledge doesn’t prevent all problems. You don’t necessarily always make wise decisions when you have knowledge, but if you don’t have knowledge, you are sunk.
And so, what happens with the abstinence-only programs, because they don’t provide a comprehensive and medically accurate look at what human sexuality is, what it’s like to have a relationship, what, what those decisions mean for you in your life about sex and relationships and childbearing, if you don’t have the adequate information about that, what happens with the abstinence-only programs is that young people still have sex, but they don’t protect themselves. They are not as likely to protect themselves, and they are not as likely to simply be able to handle sexuality as a normal, healthy part of human life. We are all sexual beings and we need to learn about sex in that way.
About Gloria Feldt:
Gloria Feldt is a nationally acclaimed activist, author, keynote speaker and commentator on women's lives, rights, health, and leadership from where the personal meets the political. She’s been dubbed "the voice of experience" by People Magazine, one of America’s “Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers” by Vanity Fair, “Woman of the Year” by Glamour, and a “practical visionary” by her colleagues. She was a teen mom whose life’s passion for reproductive justice led her to a 30-year career with the world's largest reproductive health care provider and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood.