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How much good will sex education do?

The causes and solutions for Mississippi’s teen pregnancy epidemic differ based on who is asked. Popular complaints are the lack of general sex education, limited access to and knowledge of contraceptives and programs that teach abstinence only. Other experienced voices less frequently heard emphasize the negative emotional and psychological effects early sex has for teens and the failure to address child sexual abuse. Others point to a lack of economic opportunity as major cause.

One thing is for sure: Teen pregnancy is an…


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