JACKSON, Miss.-- The Women's Fund of Mississippi and the Department of Health are hosting a conference on abstinence plus sex education today in Jackson.
Spokeswoman for the Women's Fund Jamie Bardwell said,"It''s really a conference to educate teachers and school nurses and community-based organizations about the broad range of solutions to prevent teen pregnancy."
I wanted to know what some of facts and thoughts would be thrown out at the conference today regarding abstinence plus other sex education in schools.
"Research says it works at changing teen's behavior. They become more abstinent with abstinence plus education," according to Bardwell.
Keynote speaker Bill Albert Chief Program Officer at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy said, "Unbelieably to many parents surprise, teen pregnancy is down 44% across the country."
"Today is not only coming here to talk about he negatives and ways to keep teen prenancy down, but to celebrate the achievements also," he added.
Albert went on to elborate a bit more on what he would talk about today.
"More teens are delaying sex which is a good and responsible thing to do and ones that are having sex are using contraceptives much more frequently these days."
The event will run all day from 9am-4pm for all participants that have signed up which is well over 250 according to officials.