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The Illinois State Board of Education last month renewed a federal grant that bankrolls abstinence-based sex education programs in schools across the state.

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Under state law, those schools – and every school that chooses to teach sex ed – will also have to include a curriculum on contraceptives, like condoms or birth control, as well as abstinence.

But is this so-called comprehensive approach to sex ed backed up by results? And if so, what do they tell us?

Brittany Merritt is the executive director of the Chicago office of Peer Health Exchange, a nonprofit that teaches a broad health curriculum, including sex education, in schools primarily on the city’s South and Southwest sides.

She says her group’s approach

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