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New Study Suggests Abstinence Classes Don't Curtail Sex

New Study Suggests Abstinence Classes Don't Curtail Sex

From Associated Press By Kevin Freking WASHINGTON- Students who took part in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex as those who did not, according to a study ordered by Congress. Also, those who attended one of the four abstinence classes that were reviewed reported having similar numbers of sexual partners as those who did not attend the classes. And they first had sex at about the same age as other students—14.9 years, according to Mathematica Policy Research Inc. The federal government now spends about $176 million annually on abstinence-until-marriage education. Critics have repeatedly said they don't believe the programs are working, and the study will give them reinforcement. However, Bush administration officials cautioned against drawing sweeping conclusions from the study. They said the four programs reviewed—among several hundred across the nation—were some of the very first established after Congress overhauled the nation's welfare laws in 1996. Tango’s Take Hmmm…last week Mr. Freking (same writer as today’s story) wrote that abstinence-only sex education was partially successful. Mixed messages aside, those who hope to keep kids sex-free claim that the abstinence programs were not up to speed when the study results were calculated. We think the researchers should have rethought their sample cities. Proving the effectiveness of an abstinence program in Miami is like trying to initiate anti-youth-gambling program Atlantic City or a “Skiing Sucks” campaign in Aspen. And Milwaukee? The city is home to beer—the chief architect of poor decision-making—and bratwurst, an unavoidably phallic food. And if you escape to the quiet streets of Powhatan or Clarksdale and you’ll soon see that there ain’t much to do save off-roadin’ and fornicatin’. When it comes to sex, kids need to be informed, but specious study results only make for doubly determined abstinence advocates. Read More Of The Original Article…


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