12.23.2007

'Abstinence Only' is an Unmitigated Failure

No Child Left Behind. Abstinence Only.

Everything George W. Bush touches is either a lie meant to promote religious beliefs or a scam meant to dumb down the American public -- because the uneducated are much less likely to stand up and fight for their rights (and tend to be cheaper labor for big business).

Check out the proof that Abstinence is failure compared to actual sex education. From Reuters:

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Teenagers who have had formal sex education are far more likely to put off having sex, contradicting earlier studies on the effectiveness of such programs, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

They found teenage boys who had sex education in school were 71 percent less likely to have intercourse before age 15, and teen girls who had sex education were 59 percent less likely to have sex before age 15.

Sex education also increased the likelihood that teen boys would use contraceptives the first time they had sex, according to the study by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

"Sex education seems to be working," Trisha Mueller, an epidemiologist with the CDC who led the study, said in a statement. "It seems to be especially effective for populations that are usually at high risk."

Mueller's team looked at a 2002 national survey of 2,019 teens aged 15 to 19.

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