Americans overwhelmingly favor responsible and comprehensive sexuality education that includes accurate information about abstinence and contraception, including:Lake, Snell, Perry and Associates, National Survey on Religion and Choice
(Washington, D.C.: Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, 2000).
- 76% of those who identify as Protestants
- 85% of those who identify as Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Lutheran, or
United Church of Christ
- 79% of Methodists
- 57% of Baptists
- 74% of Roman Catholics
- 62% of those who identify as born-again Christians
- 67% of those who identify as fundamentalist/evangelical
Christian clergy favor sexuality education and open discussion of sexuality issues in their religious communities:Ibid.
- More than 90% of Protestant and Jewish clergy believe individuals can benefit from discussions of sexuality issues in worship services, youth groups, religious school, and adult education.
- African-American pastors are among the most supportive; 80% agree that Christian education should include sexuality issues.
Broad public support for informative and complete sexuality curricula is found across ideological and religious lines:
- A majority of voters in nearly every demographic category, including Roman Catholics and evangelical Christians, support comprehensive sex education.Peter D. Hart Research Associates, Inc., “Memorandum: Application of Research Findings,” (Washington, DC: Planned Parenthood Federation of America and National Women’s Law Center, 12 July 2007), accessed 2 October 2007.
- A majority of self-described evangelical or born-again Christians support sexuality education that includes information about availability of instructions on how to use contraceptives and being taught in schools.Sex Education in America: General Public/Parents Survey, (Washington, DC: National Public Radio, Kaiser Family Foundation, Kennedy School of Government, 2004), Table 3.