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Your tax dollars at work: Texas teens increasingly knocking boots after abstinence program

The Right Wing doesn’t want teens to use those parts, but if they do, the parts better fit; Dr. Buzz Pruitt was the director of the study out of Texas A&M.;

The abstinence-only sex-ed plan doesn’t work, people, and $130 million is being pickpocketed from the taxpayer to continue this “education.” The horny teens in Texas aren’t getting the message, so what are Focus on the Family-type folks going to try now? (Reuters):

Abstinence-only sex education programs, a major plank in President Bush’s education plan, have had no impact on teenagers’ behavior in his home state of Texas, according to a new study. Despite taking courses emphasizing abstinence-only themes, teenagers in 29 high schools became increasingly sexually active, mirroring the overall state trends, according to the study conducted by researchers at Texas A&M; University.

We didn’t see any strong indications that these programs were having an impact in the direction desired,” said Dr. Buzz Pruitt, who directed the study. The study was delivered to the Texas Department of State Health Services, which commissioned it. The federal government is expected to spend about $130 million to fund programs advocating abstinence in 2005, despite a lack of evidence that they work, Pruitt said. “The jury is still out, but most of what we’ve discovered shows there’s no evidence the large amount of money spent is having an effect,” he said.

The study showed about 23 percent of ninth-grade girls, typically 13 to 14 years old, had sex before receiving abstinence education. After taking the course, 29 percent of the girls in the same group said they had had sex.

Boys in the tenth grade, about 14 to 15 years old, showed a more marked increase, from 24 percent to 39 percent, after receiving abstinence education.

Abstinence-only programs, which have sprouted up in schools across the nation, cannot offer information about birth control and must promote the social and health benefits of abstaining from sex….One program technique has been to try to bolster students’ self-esteem, based on the theory that self-confident teenagers would not have sex. Those programs, which sometimes do not even mention sex, have shown no effect, Pruitt said.

This is serious, because these teens are sexually active and are probably not using protection of any kind (since they’re not getting info in school). The spread of STDs will inevitably skyrocket because Bush and his fundy base have their heads in the sand about what their children are actually doing.

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