Health Department To Examine Accuracy Of Abstinence Programs

CLEVELAND (AP) - The state health department is reviewing the
content of abstinence-based sex education programs in response to
opponents who question the scientific accuracy of some materials.

Those opponents want information on condoms and other birth
control firms included in curriculums along with abstinence.

Family planning organizations, local health departments and
other groups are pressuring Doctor Alvin Jackson, the director of
the Ohio Department of Health, to redirect the 500-thousand dollars
Ohio spends a year on abstinence-until-marriage programs to other
health needs.

Mary O'Shea of Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland says sex
education should expose students the all of the tools they need to
make responsible decisions.