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"Research shows teens everywhere are having sex, with about half of high school students saying they've had sexual intercourse. Gwen Daverth, CEO of the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, says the high numbers in Texas reflect policy, not promiscuity. "
A majority of high schools in Texas provide abstinence only sex education or "doesn't offer sexual education at all". The results from Texas policy translate into some of the highest teen pregnancy rates in America. Although teen birth rates are declining across the country, states that favor abstinence as the main form of sexual education are seeing a slower decline. This NPR program gives context on the issue through Jessica Chester's experience.