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This probably comes as no surprise, but abstinence-only sex-ed programs are stupid and full of lies and they don't work.

Many American youngsters participating in federally funded abstinence-only programs have been taught over the past three years that abortion can lead to sterility and suicide, that half the gay male teenagers in the United States have tested positive for the AIDS virus, and that touching a person's genitals "can result in pregnancy," a congressional staff analysis has found.


Among the misconceptions cited by Waxman's investigators:

-- A 43-day-old fetus is a "thinking person."

-- HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can be spread via sweat and tears.

-- Condoms fail to prevent HIV transmission as often as 31 percent of the time in heterosexual intercourse.

One curriculum, called "Me, My World, My Future," teaches that women who have an abortion "are more prone to suicide" and that as many as 10 percent of them become sterile. This contradicts the 2001 edition of a standard obstetrics textbook that says fertility is not affected by elective abortion, the Waxman report said.


Congress first allocated money for abstinence-only programs in 1999, setting aside $80 million in grants, which go to a variety of religious, civic and medical organizations. To be eligible, groups must limit discussion of contraception to failure rates.

President Bush has enthusiastically backed the movement, proposing to spend $270 million on abstinence projects in 2005. Congress reduced that to about $168 million, bringing total abstinence funding to nearly $900 million over five years.


Nonpartisan researchers have been unable to document measurable benefits of the abstinence-only model. Columbia University researchers found that although teenagers who take "virginity pledges" may wait longer to initiate sexual activity, 88 percent eventually have premarital sex.

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"88 percent eventually have premarital sex."

And when they have do have sex, they're less likely to use birth control.

Maybe this is God's way of getting rid of the holy-rollers? Let the heathens wear condoms and let the jesus-freaks die.

Just sayin.

Cinnamon @ 12/02/2004 03:07 PM CST

I read in the paper several months back about an abstinence-only sex ed program being piloted in the St. Paul middle schools. The year *before* they switched to the abstinence-only program, about 8% of the kids in middle school reported having had sex. The year *after* they switched, it was something like 14%. Reeeeeeeeeeeal effective, yeah.

Frida @ 12/06/2004 12:02 PM CST

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