“Just say no – at least until you’re married” is the message in the Sex Education programme introduced in Florida schools this year.

“Reducing teen pregnancy is what it’s all about,” said State Rep. Lois Frankel, West Palm Beach, Florida.  “Abstinence, of course, is not the only option, but we want to show it’s the best option.”

Manatee County pioneered the programme in 1982.  Since then it has been touted as an example for other district to copy.  It is seen as being unique, due to active parental involvement before the programme was implemented.

The law now states that sexual abstinence should be instilled into every student, from kindergarten to senior high school levels, as the only sure way of avoiding pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.