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Letter: We must do a better job on sex education

We must do better job?educating teens on sex

A report from the New York Civil Liberties Union offers some shocking youth sex statistics for Buffalo students. According to the NYCLU, the lack of binding sex-ed standards is jeopardizing the health and well being of New York's youth. Make no mistake - this is not a city school issue, it is a statewide suburban and urban concern as well. New York's teen pregnancy rate is the 11th highest among the 50 states.

Nothing in the report surprised Planned Parenthood of Western New York, but it will definitely alarm some parents. This report is a must-read for all teens and parents who might need a little wake-up call. It includes topics on sex education, bullying, internet safety and dating violence - all issues that should be covered in a comprehensive sex education program. Google: Birds, Bees and Bias: How Absent Sex Ed Standards Fail New York Students. Visit to download the report. It will be a great conversation starter for parents with their teenagers regarding parenthood, sexually transmitted infections and other very important life-altering, risk-taking behaviors that could change the course of their children's lives.

Linda Ulrich Hagner

East Aurora