Abstinence Only Tries For Second Base
Abstinence Only sex ed classes tried for home and struck out when it was discovered that
students who took the classes had higher than average rate of teen pregnancies and STDs.
But, now they’re trying for second. But, notice anything funny in this WP news story?
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.
The findings are the first clear evidence that an abstinence program could work.
That’s right, the debate was against “Abstinence Only” sex ed, not “Abstinence-Focused” Sex Ed, like this piece is about. The “abstinence-focused” program is the comprehensive class the “Abstinence Only” people were so up in arms about before they found out all their daughters had the clap.
“Several critics of an abstinence-only approach said that the curriculum tested did not represent most abstinence programs. It did not take a moralistic tone, as many abstinence programs do. Most notably, the sessions encouraged children to delay sex until they are ready, not necessarily until married; did not portray sex outside marriage as never appropriate; and did not disparage condoms. “
Why the change. Well, like most conservatives, it’s because they can’t get money anymore. Not unless they can prove their results.
“The Obama administration eliminated more than $170 million in annual federal funding targeted at abstinence programs after a series of reports concluded that the approach was ineffective. Instead, the White House is launching a $114 million pregnancy prevention initiative that will fund only programs that have been shown scientifically to work”
Damn, they want results! What do we do, what do we do? I know, we’ll change all of our criteria, we won’t mention any of the crap we were so gung ho about before, we will talk about all the shit we refused to mention before, we’ll only point to one study and, presto, our program works! Can we have money now?