Monday, December 29, 2008

Yet more evidence why abstinence-only education is a failure

Why rely on anecdotal evidence of the failure of strict abstinence-only sex education such as that offered by Sarah Palin's daughter? This policy, favored by the fundamentalist Christian right guarantees only one thing, takes a hit on the statistical side of things with the release of a study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health showing that teens making abstinence pledges are just as likely to have premarital sex. What's worse is that these same teens are less likely to use condoms. Abstinence-only approaches are a great way of boosting the teen pregnancy rate, something I can't imagine anyone would desire.

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