This WaPo report about a study says nothing about broader abstinence programs. It simply says that, "Teenagers who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who do not promise abstinence..."
That says nothing about the success or failure of abstinence programs. The WaPo article is extremely misleading when it reports, "The study is the latest in a series that have raised questions about programs that focus on encouraging abstinence until marriage, including those that specifically ask students to publicly declare their intention to remain virgins."
No, the study raises questions abut the effectiveness of abstinence-only pledges.
Ya think?Abstinence-only program =/= Kids practicing abstinence
You could say that I misinterpreted the OP's comments and mistook them as suggesting that abstinence doesn't prevent std transmission or unwanted pregnancies.
Maybe, maybe not. Research is all over the place regarding the effectiveness of abstinence only programs. My issue here is the OP and others arguing that this study demonstrates that federal funding of abstinence education is a failure. It's not, at least not according to this study.Originally Posted by winston
Those of you of a suspicious bent, might also bear in mind that it is an approach that has little potential revenue involved for contraceptive manufactures, abortion providers or pharmaceutical companies. So there is at least the potential that these studies will be biased.
I can't believe it has taken so long to finally realise that abstinance only education does not work. Who ever would have thunk it?