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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Abstinence-only sex education debunked, again

A new study, ordered by Congress and with the soundest methodology used to date on sexuality education studies, has concluded the obvious. Well, obvious to us, but not-so-obvious to others. Abstinence-only sex education has no effect whatsoever on whether or not teenagers have safe sex. The money quote from the Washington Post article:
"There's not a lot of good news here for people who pin their hopes on abstinence-only education," said Sarah Brown, executive director of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, a privately funded organization that monitors sex education programs. "This is the first study with a solid, experimental design, the first with adequate numbers and long-term follow-up, the first to measure behavior and not just intent. On every measure, the effectiveness of the programs was flat."

Let's hope that this means Congress finally acts to pass comprehensive sex education reform. This story will percolate for the rest of the week, so we'll have an opportunity to make our case on the talk shows, op-ed pages, and the blogosphere. Let's get to work!


  • I am glad to see this study and the results are exactly what I believe to be true about Sexuality Education.

    I also think that for the most part the general public which includes many parents and certainly many tax payers who are footing the bill for this education debacle do not really understand what is being discussed here.

    I especially think that people do not understand the difference between an abstinence-only curriculum and a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum.

    I don't think that people realize that abstinence *is* taught in a comprehensive program, its just not the only option taught.


    By Blogger K, at Sun Apr 15, 09:04:00 PM PDT  

  • I could not believe it when I heard of the mandatory abstinence only sex education prgrammes in the USA. has it change in response to this report? I also think it is wrong for them to push anti-prostitution morality at STD clinics on the threat of pulling fidning if they refuse. The political administration in the USA needs to stop controlling the sexuality and reproductive decisions of its people. These areas are strictly personal decisions and a government has no right to intervene in adult consensual sexual behaviour.

    By Blogger Liandra Dahl, at Thu Aug 30, 02:19:00 AM PDT  

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