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Abstinence Only programs are also “rubbish”

According to a Reuters article, experts say abstinence only programs do not work.

Programs teaching U.S. schoolchildren to abstain from sex have not cut teen pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases or delayed the age at which sex begins, health groups told Congress on Wednesday.

“Vast sums of federal monies continue to be directed toward these programs. And, in fact, there is evidence to suggest that some of these programs are even harmful and have negative consequences by not providing adequate information for those teens who do become sexually active,” Dr. Margaret Blythe of the American Academy of Pediatrics told the committee.

The American Psychological Association and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also issued statements to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform criticizing the abstinence-only programs.

Of course abstinence only programs don’t work. They are based on christian dogma, not science or evidence. They are not based on what has been shown to work, but on what someone wants to work. Usually things don’t work out the way we like them to. And this applies to sex education as well. Lack on information is never good. Censorship does not work. It is idiotic to think that if you don’t talk to kids about protection and family planning, then they will not have sex. The two are not related. What you end up with is a bunch of horny teenagers who know nothing about STDs and pregnancies.

Of course this has no effect on the idiots who cling to their dogma. And proof of that is in the article itself.

Republicans said even if some abstinence-only programs do not work, others do, and it would be wrong to end the funding.

Rep. John Duncan, a Tennessee Republican, said that it seems “rather elitist” that people with academic degrees in health think they know better than parents what type of sex education is appropriate. “I don’t think it’s something we should abandon,” he said of abstinence-only funding.

Charles Keckler of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the Bush administration believes abstinence education programs send the healthiest message.

Oh I see what the administration believes is more important that evidence. Wow, and these are the guys we have elected to guide our country? HELP!

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April 24, 2008 - Posted by | Critical Thinking | ,

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