March 28th, 2006


RI bans abstinence-only-until-marriage program from schools

Rhode Island Department of Education Bans Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Program from Schools

Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island Applauds RI Education Commissioner for Standing up for Rhode Island Youth

Providence, Rhode Island – Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island (PPRI) applauds Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) for standing up for Rhode Island teens’ health. RI Education Commissioner Peter McWalters banned abstinence-only programs or accompanying materials that promote abstinence-only-until-marriage from RI public schools. Specifically, he said Heritage of RI, which has been creeping into RI public schools, fails to meet RI Health Education Standards.

Maria Barros, PPRI Education Programs Manager said, "RI continues to have the highest teen pregnancy rate in New England, so it’s imperative that the RI Department of Education demand that school districts follow the comprehensive standards and outcomes. Heritage of Rhode Island fails to meet these RI Health Education Standards and, in doing so, fails Rhode Island teens."
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