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Is abstinence education effective?

If all goes according to plan, this fall a girl somewhere in China's Yunnan Province will tell her boyfriend she can't have sex with him. And he'll have an abstinence program from the United States to thank.

In Yunnan schools this year, teachers are being trained with a sex education curriculum created by the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family. The agreement with the Yunnan ministry of education is a milestone for Focus on the Family, which has struggled for four years to make inroads on abstinence in China. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  September 2, 2010; 7:57 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Of COURSE abstinence-only education doesn't work - look at the statistics compiled by every reputable independent medical and scientific entity. I can't believe anyone can still think this works!

Posted by: paulaann25 | September 3, 2010 8:29 AM

Abstinence-only education produces only one thing. . .unwanted pregnancies!

I taught middle and high school after years of work in AFDC (public welfare for families with dependent children) programs.

Truthful, scientific, non-hysterical, non-
judgmental information about pregnancy prevention (including statistics on failure rates of various methods) provides people with what they need to stay in charge of their own lives. We owe our children/grandchildren/neighbors at least this much. [Parents can opt NOT to allow their children this education, by the way.
Those who decide to keep their kids in the dark must be prepared to be grandparents!]

Peace out.

Posted by: wwIIbaby | September 3, 2010 9:05 AM

Abstinence in the midst of raging hormones is a recipe for disaster. The solution is proper sexual education on how to prevent pregnancy and reducing the risks of STD's and HIV/AIDS. There is no other effective course of action. We only have to compare at the rate of teen pregnancies and STDs between the USA and a country like Sweden to know that allowing Evangelist religious beliefs to dictate our public health policy is unsound and downright STUPID!

Posted by: kerryberger | September 3, 2010 9:17 AM

WWIIBABY posted, "Abstinence-only education produces only one thing. . .unwanted pregnancies!
I taught middle and high school after years of work in AFDC (public welfare for families with dependent children) programs.
Truthful, scientific, non-hysterical, non-
judgmental information about pregnancy prevention (including statistics on failure rates of various methods) provides people with what they need to stay in charge of their own lives. We owe our children/grandchildren/neighbors at least this much. [Parents can opt NOT to allow their children this education, by the way.
Those who decide to keep their kids in the dark must be prepared to be grandparents!]
Peace out.
Posted by: wwIIbaby | September 3, 2010 9:05 AM
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You might be interested in this Washington Post article from February of this year:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/01/AR2010020102628.html

or simply Google "University of Pennsylvania abstinence study".

Science now shows that abstinence programs are quantitatively more effective at reducing unwanted pregnancies than safe-sex programs.

Posted by: BeowulfthePolitician | September 3, 2010 11:07 AM

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