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    Premarital Abstinence Pledges Ineffective, Study Finds

    Teenagers who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who do not promise abstinence and are significantly less likely to use condoms and other forms of birth control when they do, according to a study released today.

    The new analysis of data from a large federal survey found that more than half of youths became sexually active before marriage regardless of whether they had taken a "virginity pledge," but that the percentage who took precautions against pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases was 10 points lower for pledgers than for non-pledgers.

    "Taking a pledge doesn't seem to make any difference at all in any sexual behavior," said Janet E. Rosenbaum of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, whose report appears in the January issue of the journal Pediatrics. "But it does seem to make a difference in condom use and other forms of birth control that is quite striking."


    Premarital Abstinence Pledges Ineffective, Study Finds
    I would love to see the Obama Administration STOP funding the abstinence program. It doesn't work. Let's make this about teaching children about sexually transmitted diseases and preventing pregnancy.

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    Re: Premarital Abstinence Pledges Ineffective, Study Finds

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    I would love to see the Obama Administration STOP funding the abstinence program. It doesn't work. Let's make this about teaching children about sexually transmitted diseases and preventing pregnancy.
    Does the federal government fund it? I thought it was the states.

    States must teach abstinenece-only differently. My community is two-tier as well as absolutely voluntary, and the only money funding it is stemmed from the local sales tax. so, I don't really know what all the big fuss is about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkWizard12 View Post
    Does the federal government fund it? I thought it was the states.

    States must teach abstinenece-only differently. My community is two-tier as well as absolutely voluntary, and the only money funding it is stemmed from the local sales tax. so, I don't really know what all the big fuss is about.
    According to the article:

    The findings are reigniting the debate about the effectiveness of abstinence-focused sexual education just as Congress and the new Obama administration are about to reconsider the more than $176 million in annual funding for such programs.
    So our federal tax dollars are going towards this worthless program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    According to the article:



    So our federal tax dollars are going towards this worthless program.
    Well, if the government wants to throw 176,000,000 away, they could have just given it all to me.

    Congress is screwing up everything. Can't they see that Sex is a community, almost an individual, issue? Oh yea, thats right, they can't.

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    Re: Premarital Abstinence Pledges Ineffective, Study Finds

    Rosenbaum was on the TODAY show this morning. One thing she said that I complete agree with that isn't in the article is that, and I'm paraphrasing, "America needs to remove itself from the idea that education about sex equates to permission to have sex."

    Not educating teenagers on safe sexual practices and the risks of having sex only hurts them.
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    Big surprise........

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    Re: Premarital Abstinence Pledges Ineffective, Study Finds

    It costs 176 million dollars a year to say "don't have sex"?

    Pathetic.
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    Re: Premarital Abstinence Pledges Ineffective, Study Finds

    Quote Originally Posted by independent_thinker2002 View Post
    It costs 176 million dollars a year to say "don't have sex"?

    Pathetic.
    I guess those rings are made out of 24K gold?
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    Re: Premarital Abstinence Pledges Ineffective, Study Finds

    In Other News: "Are you 18?" security measures for pornography found to be ineffective!

    Come back next week for another "I coulda told you for $10" study.
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    Re: Premarital Abstinence Pledges Ineffective, Study Finds

    Quote Originally Posted by independent_thinker2002 View Post
    It costs 176 million dollars a year to say "don't have sex"?

    Pathetic.
    My wife says no to sex all the time, and I don't see a penny of that money. This is bull****....
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