When it comes to sex education and the reduction of unwanted pregnancies, the key talking points of the current administration have been abstinence, abstinence, and umm, oh wait, what was the 3rd one – Oh I remember, abstinence.
If an organization had any hopes of getting federal funding they needed to preach abstinence. Condoms, birth control pills, etc. were not to be discussed.
My opinion is that the administration is basing public policy upon the religious belief/convictions of those in power – not on the scientific evidence. Personally I would prefer that we base decisions that affect millions of folks on the facts, just the facts ma’am. Not on the visions or leaders have.
Well, check this out – abstinence programs do not work. No duh.
Money quote – “Programs that focus exclusively on abstinence have not been shown to affect teenager sexual behavior, although they are eligible for tens of millions of dollars in federal grants, according to a study released by a nonpartisan group that seeks to reduce teen pregnancies.”