Evidence-based sexual health education can improve academic success; prevent dating violence, and bullying; help youth develop healthier relationships; delay sexual initiation; reduce unplanned pregnancy, HIV, and other STIs; and reduce sexual health disparities among LGBTQ youth Sex is a natural part of life, and it happens with or without sex education. 71% of American 19-year-olds have had intercourse. 99% of Americans will have sex in their lifetime. Only 20 states require sex and HIV education be taught in schools. Sex is a fundamental part of being human; but less than half of our states require sex and HIV education, and most of what is taught is sub-par. Just because we refuse to talk about sex doesn’t mean it's just going to go away. There are 35 states that have laws that allow parents to opt their children out of sex ed. Even worse, 3 states make parents opt their children into sex ed. You can't opt your children in or out of math. But when it comes to sex education, one of the most important things you can learn in school, a parent can take their kid out for no reason at all. I am all for religious freedom, but just because you or your religion values abstinence doesn’t mean your kids will too. It's important teens get all the information they can, and then make a decision about their own values. Don't let religion or family values be a reason to let students be taken out of sexual health education.Don't let religion or family values be a reason to let students be taken out of sexual health education. Don't let your morals obstruct your kid's learning.