16 August 2007

Ignorance-Only Sex Ed DOES NOT WORK

Time and again, abstinence-only sex education has been shown to reduce neither unwanted pregnancy nor spread of STDs. But Jane Jimenez at One News Now wouldn't have you believe any of that:
Opponents of abstinence education have spent the past ten years denouncing these important health education programs. Their attacks are relentless and ignore the fact that abstinence education works.
Funny, she doesn't give any evidence that it works. Lucky for her, commenter Barbara Ferraro came through with critical evidence:
As a member of CWA, I too have been working to promote the fact, that Abstinence Education is working. I have talked to at least one person who has actually used abstinence in her personal life along with her fiance before they married; she also knows of many others that have done the same.
Ah. Anecdotal evidence. Of "at least one person." I don't know about you, but I'm instantly convinced.

It can't be said often enough: Yes, it's important to inform teens that abstinence is the only 100% sure way to avoid pregnancy/STDs, but that's not enough. They're going to engage in sex anyway, and we need to make sure they're prepared to deal with it intelligently and maturely. Abstinence-only sex education is ignorance-only sex education. And ignorance will screw us over.

I never cease to be amazed by this degree of fingers-in-the-ears-la-la-I-can't-hear-you denial of reality. How can you reason with people who have built up such a strong resistance to reason?

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