Friday, April 13, 2007

Abstinence-Only Programs Proven Ineffective

Well, the Powers-that-Be have tried to bury the report by announcing it right at the end of the day on Friday the 13th, but here's the bottom line: the Bush Adminstration's abstinence-only policies don't work. Click here to read the 164-page PDF file Impacts for Title V. Section 510, Abstinence Education Programs: Final Report, from Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. The report proves we've wasted billions of dollars on a sex-ed program that doesn't reduce pregnancy rates, STD rates, or do anything the "abstinence-only" movement has claimed it would. Welcome to the reality-based world, my people!

“After 10 years and $1.5 billion in public funds these failed abstinence-only-until-marriage programs will go down as an ideological boondoggle of historic proportions,” said James Waggoner, President of Advocates for Youth.

Hat tip to Feministing.

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