Federal funding for abstinence-only education was stripped from the budget in the House subcommittee, and the Christian News Wire isn’t too happy about this. According to them, “There is evidence that abstinence education is an effective primary prevention strategy.” It’s just, um, nowhere to be found. When Congress ordered a study in 2007 on abstinence-only ed, it was (shockingly!) revealed that “students who participated in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex as those who did not.” The study also found that these students were just as likely to use contraception when they did have sex as those who did not participate.Bristol Palin, Jamie-Lynn Spears, and the other 750,000 teenagers who get pregnant every year are yet another reminder that abstinence is, as Palin herself said, “unrealistic.” So, after having wasted over a billion dollars of the federal budget over the past ten years funding abstinence-only education, it’s about time we stopped.
But beware, because the President of the National Abstinence Clearinghouse, Leslee Unruh, has a very serious warning for all us pro-protection people: “We’ve got news for the condom worshipers, abstinence education is not going away any time soon. Taxpayers will not tolerate their money being used for ideological latex-only programs and the molestation of their children’s minds and future.” [Opposing Views]