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Study Suggests That Abstinence-Only Education Is Not Slowing Down Teen Sex

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From 11Alive.com

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Programs that focus exclusively on abstinence have not been shown to affect teenager sexual behavior, although they are eligible for tens of millions of dollars in federal grants, according to a study released by a nonpartisan group that seeks to reduce teen pregnancies.

"At present there does not exist any strong evidence that any abstinence program delays the initiation of sex, hastens the return to abstinence or reduces the number of sexual partners" among teenagers, the study concluded.

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The report, which was based on a review of research into teenager sexual behavior, was being released Wednesday by the nonpartisan National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

Tango’s Take

Best quote of the entire article:
”The study, conducted by Douglas Kirby, a senior research scientist at ETR Associates, also sought to debunk what the report called "myths propagated by abstinence-only advocates" including: that comprehensive sex education promotes promiscuity, hastens the initiative of sex or increases its frequency, and sends a confusing message to adolescents.”
Seeking ‘to debunk what the report called "myths propagated by abstinence-only advocates"’ makes it seem like someone is a liiiiittle less than nonpartisan, right? Sure it makes sense that teaching kids abstinence-only is probably a little pie-in-the-sky, but for the time being this is going to be the most quoted study and it feels a touch slanted.
Don’t get us wrong, abstinence-only seems a little crazy. They should experiment with going in the exact opposite direction. Bring in trashy twenty-somethings that have lost all of their self-esteem and sense of value because they were college come dumpsters. Also bring in people that have contracted STDs and have them talk about how that one night with the girl with a lower back tattoo resulted in a wang that would not stop dripping for weeks. That would scare those little heavy petters straight.

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