EDITORIAL: THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
The infant children born to single mothers are likely headed for lives of poverty. They will be in poor health, be drug abusers, and spend time in jail. They will not be educated.
In low income communities in New York City, about 80 percent of the babies are born to unwed women. Nationwide, single-parent families are on welfare and food stamps at ten times the rate of two-parent families. They are three times as likely to receive Medicaid. In short, their prospects are dismal.
New York City has decided that sex education in middle schools and high schools is essential to reducing unwanted pregnancies. The program will include:
- Biological development
- Disease prevention
- Sexual consequences
- Abstinence and contraception
Reducing unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases is the goal.
The content of the program is called Reducing the Risk. According to a study, students in California who took the course were less likely to engage in sexual intercourse. Those who did so were more likely to use a condom.
Taking a stand against unwanted, unwed motherhood by teaching the facts of life about the poverty ahead is an important job for society.