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Abstinence Works

Joel Mowbray

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Joel Mowbray writes about the success of "abstinence only" programs for teens and how Planned Parenthood and other groups seek to undermine it. Over three million teenagers contract a sexually transmitted disease every year. Reducing sexual activity should be the focus of sex-ed, not merely making sex safer.

A battle is brewing on Capitol Hill between two rather similar-sounding concepts, abstinence-only and abstinence-plus education, but the differences couldn't be greater -- or more shocking. Despite the "abstinence" in the name, parents would be appalled to see the sexually explicit material peddled to kids in abstinence-plus programs.

...But there's a big hurdle to clear in the interim. Leftist groups like Planned Parenthood are scheming to change the federal government's insistence for abstinence-only to the mislabeled abstinence-plus programs.

Promoting abstinence works...Abstinence by Choice, which operates in 20 schools in and around Little Rock, Arkansas, has had a measurable impact on the lives of the 4,000 7th-9th graders it reaches each year. Sexual-activity rates among boys plunged 30 percent, and the rate for girls fell plummeted 40 percent.

For the complete article go to the National Review Online website.



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