Reproductive rights activists from the University of Washington found that adolescents who receive comprehensive sex education are significantly less likely to become pregnant than adolescents who receive abstinence-only-until-marriage or no formal sex education. The study, based on a national survey of 1,719 teens ages 15 to 19, is the first population-level evaluation of the effectiveness of both abstinence-only and comprehensive sex education programs. The results are very promising for comprehensive sex education.
According to Pamela Kohler, the study’s lead author, “It is not harmful to teach teens about birth control in addition to abstinence.”
This study joins a host of others that prove that abstinence-only does little and comprehensive sex education does much for our teens.
Reporter Murray Waas’ article asks “why an organization that promotes reproductive health rights for teens received a federal grant of over a million dollars, twice what it had requested, despite the skepticism Department of Justice staffers had about the group and the fact that it refused to participate in a congressionally mandated study?”
The organization is “Best Friends,” and the congressionally mandated study they refused to participate in is presumably this one — the April 2007 study that presents clear evidence that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs don’t work.
Abstinence-only-until-marriage education brought to you by the state Louisiana (and funded by your tax dollars):
“Tell your friend that abstaining from sex until entering a loving marriage will give her the freedom to achieve [sic] true self-esteem — to be, truly, ‘cool’ in God’s eyes as well as yours and mine.”
“After repenting, ask God to forgive you through Jesus Christ. Then ask Him for strength to resist future sexual temptations.”
“What is not okay? Anything that stirs the desire to sin.