Uh, oh. Apparently abstinence education doesn't work. From MSNBC:
Students who participated in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex a few years later as those who did not, according to a long-awaited study mandated by Congress.Wait for the CWA, et al., to come out with talking points about how this study isn't scientific enough and then point to unspecified "studies" or non-peer-reviewed articles about the efficacy of such programs. Hopefully, with a Democratic Congress we won't have to sit back and watch those talking points justify public policy.
Also, those who attended one of the four abstinence classes reviewed reported having similar numbers of sexual partners as those who did not attend the classes, and they first had sex at about the same age as their control group counterparts -- 14.9 years, according to Mathematica Policy Research Inc. [...]
[Vice president of public policy at the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States William] Smith also said he didn't have trouble making broader generalizations about abstinence programs based on the four reviewed because "this was supposed to be their all-star lineup."
It just seems like the evidence against such programs is piling up. At what point do we question whether its supporters have any interest at all in decreasing teen pregnancy and incidences of STI's?