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February 2, 2010

Abstinence Programs Work? You Don't Say!

Posted by The MaryHunter at February 2, 2010 7:37 AM

It's way chic among progressive circles to titter at the notion of abstinence education programs for our nation's youth. However, recent research reveals that abstinence programs are effective in reducing sexual activity among tweens and early teens.

Sex education classes that focus on encouraging children to remain abstinent can persuade a significant proportion to delay sexual activity, researchers reported Monday in a landmark study that could have major implications for U.S. efforts to protect young people against unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
Only about a third of sixth- and seventh-graders who completed an abstinence-focused program started having sex within the next two years, researchers found. Nearly half of the students who attended other classes, including ones that combined information about abstinence and contraception, became sexually active.

Modest success over the traditional "here's a condom, here's a cucumber" approach, but success nonetheless. The study was published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Naturally, the reporting of this important research emphasized the non-moralistic tone of the approach used in the study.

"There is no data in this study to support the 'abstain until marriage' programs, which research proved ineffective during the Bush administration," said James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth.
But abstinence supporters disputed that, saying that the new program is equivalent to many other well-designed abstinence curricula that are thorough, tailor their messages to students' ages and provide detailed information.
"For our critics to use marriage as the thing that sets the program in this study apart from federally funded programs is an exaggeration and smacks of an effort to dismiss abstinence education rather than understanding what it is," said Valerie Huber of the National Abstinence Education Association.

If stripping out the moralistic message from such programs makes progressives feel better about hearing that dirty word abstinence, then whatever floats their boat. Anything to give them an excuse to wake up, recognize, and reject the offensive methods espoused by Mister Fister himself, the perverted Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings.

There's no time like the present.

On a tip from Penelope.