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Robert Rector provides data about the STD epidemic and details ten abstinence programs that have shown to be effective in curbing teen sexual activity. (Note Mr. Rector's point that several prominent organizations promoting "safe sex" [Planned Parenthood, NARAL, SEICUS] oppose abstinence education because a decrease in teen sexual activity threatens their funding.)

Abstinence education programs for youth have been proven to be effective in reducing early sexual activity. Abstinence programs also can provide the foundation for personal responsibility and enduring marital commitment.

Consequences of Early Sexual Activity

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Emotional and Psychological Injury

Correlation Between Sexual Activity and Other High-Risk Behaviors

Out-of-Wedlock Childbearing

The Silent Scandal: Promoting Teen Sex

With millions of dollars in sex-education programs at stake...groups that have previously dominated the arena have taken action to block the growing movement to abstinence-only education.

Effective Abstinence Programs

For the complete article go to the Heritage Foundation website.



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