Monday, December 29, 2008

Abstinence Pledgers Lie, Certainly Going to Hell

Did you know the federal government has been spending $200,000,000 per year on abstinence education that does not work? So says a study that just came out of Harvard that looks at the sexual history of teens who took an abstinence pledge (I read about it here in the Strib). In fact, not only does the virginity pledge not work, but those who took the pledge are less likely to use birth control before marriage.

The study's conclusion:
CONCLUSIONS. The sexual behavior of virginity pledgers does not differ from that of closely matched nonpledgers, and pledgers are less likely to protect themselves from pregnancy and disease before marriage. Virginity pledges may not affect sexual behavior but may decrease the likelihood of taking precautions during sex. Clinicians should provide birth control information to all adolescents, especially virginity pledgers.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's clear that we just need to increase the funding for the program. The message is fine...they're just not getting it out there loud and often enough.