The Montgomery County school board vote was unanimous.
The Montgomery County school board recently voted to offer condoms in the health rooms of 26 high schools. Nurses will be trained in discussing sexual health with the students to help ensure safe practices are used.
Despite differences in opinion on what has become a controversial issue nationwide, the school board received few complaints from the community about the initiative, according to WTOP. Condoms have been given to students in Washington, D.C., since 1992.
Although critics of high school sexual education programs claim the programs encourage underage sex, the county is already experiencing surges in sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea and chlamydia in teenagers. Condoms will not be handed out to students; rather students will have to approach the health office first.
According to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, "When people receive quality sex education, they explore their values and beliefs about sex and relationships while also gaining skills to navigate relationships and manage their own sexual health."
On the other hand, opponents claim sexual education encourages risky behaviors and is not appropriate for school settings.
Catholic Parents Online states, "The public school has no right to judge the quality of information on sexuality that parents provide their children. Some do a good job, some do a poor job."
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