A debate over sex education is brewing in Vigo County, with some parents challenging the current abstinence-based program in favor of a more comprehensive approach.

The program currently used in Vigo County middle and high schools is called Creating Positive Relationships, and its core message is that “postponing sexual activity until marriage is the healthiest choice.” The school corporation’s health teachers partner with the Terre Haute Crisis Pregnancy Center, which offers the program.

But some parents are concerned that for young people who do engage in sex, abstinence-based education doesn’t adequately instruct them on how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. They say the curriculum is too narrow and doesn’t address LGBTQ issues.

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