Virginia: Planned Parenthood, Church Team Up on Sex Education for Teens
March 12, 2009
Recently, more than 50 adults and teens attended a forum on teen pregnancy at New Light Full Gospel Baptist Church in Virginia Beach. The event featured a speaker from Planned Parenthood -- a provider of sexual health services, sex education, and abortion, and a frequent target of faith-based groups. Yet on this night, all were in agreement that teen pregnancy is both troubling and preventable.
"Teens really want this information from their parents. Parents want to give it. But it's really scary -- they're afraid what they say may be misinterpreted," said Planned Parenthood speaker Margie Rashti.
According to Rashti, providing places or programs for sharing concerns about sex is beneficial to everyone in the community. "We need that social, religious, and emotional help to give our teenagers the information that will protect them," she said.
A survey of teens and adults found no one critical of Rashti's presentation or the propriety of discussing sexual topics in a church. "It's better to talk about in the house of God than to have [teens] talk about it with somebody on the street," said Fells.
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