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Battle Over Sex Education Creates Firestorm In At Least Two St Louis Area School Districts

For 20 years, Thrive STL has offered the "Best Choice" program and it's being taught in 75 schools in the area. Now, one school district has announced they are dropping "Best Choice" because of complaints from some parents and another is delaying the program.

Is a program teaching abstinence in sex education in St. Louis area schools being targeted by pro-choice groups?

For 20 years, Thrive STL has offered the "Best Choice" program and it's being taught in 75 schools in the area. Now, one school district has announced they are dropping "Best Choice" because of complaints from some parents and another is delaying the program.

The Francis Howell School District recently announced it was dropping Best Choice from its curriculum next year, and the Parkway School District announced Friday that it will delay using Best Choice "until further review".

The Post-Dispatch reported that Thrive STL is a "controversial Christian anti-abortion group" and Best Choice has been challenged by several parents in several school districts. A representative from Thrive STL and a parent of children in the Parkway School District told The Allman Report Monday night that they disagree with both of those characterizations.

Joy Maxwell with Thrive STL says the group is presenting a curriculum that follows a Missouri statute which reads, "present abstinence as the preferred choice".

Maxwell and Sue Weaver, who has two children in the Parkway system, says the opposition to Best Choice has been one group pushing its own agenda. "You're not talking about concerned, authentic parents," Maxwell says, "you're talking about extremist, pro-abortion activists who have a one-sided political agenda."

Thrive is encouraging parents who support the Best Choice program to attend the next Parkway School District meeting in Chesterfield Wednesday night at 7 p.m. (Parkway Central Middle School - 455 N. Woods Mill Road, Chesterfield).

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