More than 2,000 children and young teens who participated in federally funded abstinence-education programs were no more likely to abstain from sex than schoolmates who didn't receive the information, according to a government report released yesterday.
In all four test sites, youths in the abstinence-education program and youths who received regular school services were not different in their sexual behavior four to six years later.
I know many conservatives argue that abstinence-only education should replace traditional sex education. The above-referenced study should give us pause, though, because, apparently, if a kid is going to have sex, abstinence education will not stop them. However, if they have not been taught about safe sex, we may have more teen pregnancies and STDs on our hands.
Read the Washington Times article here.