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Fed report: Dear Leader's abstinence-only programs don't work

Somehow, I’m betting that you all didn’t think they would work, but now the Bush admin does a document dump on a Friday, hoping no one will notice this. (365gay):

Students who participated in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex within a few years as those who did not, according to a long-awaited study mandated by Congress.

Also, those who attended the abstinence classes 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 their control group counterparts – 14 years and nine months, 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.

…”I really do think it’s a two-part story. First, there is no evidence that the programs increased the rate of sexual abstinence,” said Chris Trenholm, a senior researcher at Mathematica who oversaw the study. “However, the second part of the story that I think is equally important is that we find no evidence that the programs increased the rate of unprotected sex.”

The bible-beating moralists of Bushworld have had their heads in the sand, choosing to believe that  virginity pledgesJesus-head chastity rings and scare seminars on the evils of sex will stop teens from knocking boots. Given the fact that oral and anal sex is increasing among teens, and STDs are rampant, abstinence-only education deprives teens of facts they need to know about contraception and sexual health.

That abstinence-only sex ed is really working, huh?
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Score one against abstinence-only ed

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