Rear Window Ethics Rear Window Ethics: Abstinence Program Has No Effect in Texas Study

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Abstinence Program Has No Effect in Texas Study

Rear Window Ethics
Sure, they look united in their cause, but don't tell me some of them didn't hook up on their little field trip to D.C.

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Abstinence-only sex education programs, a major plank in President Bushs education plan, have had no impact on teenagers' behavior in his home state of Texas, according to a new study.

Despite taking courses emphasizing abstinence-only themes, teenagers in 29 high schools became increasingly sexually active, mirroring the overall state trends, according to the study conducted by researchers at Texas A&M University.

"We didn't see any strong indications that these programs were having an impact in the direction desired," said Dr. Buzz Pruitt, who directed the study.

The federal government is expected to spend about $130 million to fund programs advocating abstinence in 2005, despite a lack of evidence that they work, Pruitt said.

I'm not going to go off on a tangent about how it shouldn't come as a shock to anyone that abstinence-only sex education, and more importantly the deliberate omission of possible contraceptive methods in these textbooks and classrooms, only furthers the propagation of teenage pregnancies as well as the spread of HIV and other diseases.

I'm not going to spout out seething words about the inevitability of teenage sexual activity in this day and age, even in the face of many mistruths spread in abstinence-only education.

I'm not going to get frustrated over certain powerful people's direct disregard for proven methods of preventing both teen pregnancy and the spread of lethal disease in the youth of this nation.

I'm not going to do these things because I've pretty much already done them before:

12/2/04 Abstinence! Abstinence! (and misinformation...)
1/23/05 Pope: No Condoms!

Full Reuters Article

(Thanks to Isaac for the article)