Abstinence Education…WORKS?

February 10, 2010

At least in delaying teen sexual activity. The study comes after Obama cut funding from the abstinence-only education early last year.   Of course pro-abstinence advocates have been touting data like this for years. From the Washington Post:

Sex education classes that focus on encouraging children to remain abstinent can persuade a significant proportion to delay sexual activity, researchers reported Monday in a landmark study that could have major implications for U.S. efforts to protect young people against unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

The “landmark study” was conducted in both 6th and 7th graders, and found that 2/3 of the children receiving abstinence ed waited longer to become sexually active where as half of the 11-13 year olds attending “other classes” became sexually active.  Who’d a thunk it?

I mean, who in their right mind would have ever thought that if we told our young children NOT to have sex, as opposed to giving them condoms and practically saying, “have at it kiddies,” it might actually delay their sexual behavior… and pregnancies… and sexually transmitted diseases.

Now I don’t have kids yet, but if given the choice I would much rather them hear this: (Psst, I know its Zac Efron and 17 Again, but still!)

than this:

*Sigh.* I guess I’m just an old fuddy-duddy after all.

-Johanna

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