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Programs aren’t “magic bullets,” say researchers

 

Atlanta, December 16, 2016 –New research conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that many “evidence-based” sex education programs are not actually effective, even though they have been promoted as such.  According to this in-depth evaluation, published in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), “most of the programs had small or insignificant impacts on adolescent behavior.” In fact, 80% of the students in these “evidence-based” programs fared no better or no worse than their peers who were not in the programs. Further, teens in some “evidence-based” programs were even more likely to begin having sex, more likely to engage in oral sex, and more likely to get pregnant than those who were not in the program.

February 24, 2014 – From LoyolaPhoenix.com – It is unfortunate that the recent PHOENIX editorial (“Loyola leaves students sexually unprotected”) on sexual health did not even mention abstinence. Instead, the Editorial Board decided to abdicate personal responsibility and argue that is the job of an educational institution to make sure its students have birth control (even though the editorial pointed out how easily accessible it is). Since the Editorial Board decided not to offer abstinence as a viable way to avoid STDs and unplanned pregnancies, I gladly will.

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October 19, 2013From the Statesville Record and Landmark – Teen pregnancy rates have declined steadily for the last four years in Iredell County, a trend being attributed to a change in a state law and several programs that are present in the schools.

In 2008, there were 318 pregnancies in the county in the 15-to-19-year-old demographic.

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June 3, 2013 – From The Public Discourse – Abstinence education has long been attacked from the left with a creative array of misinformation. Perhaps the most common attack against abstinence education is that it “doesn’t work.” Another top contender is the claim that abstinence education is a thinly veiled program aimed at indoctrinating unsuspecting American children in a biblical worldview; since government resources are used in government facilities, this constitutes a clear establishment of religion and a violation of the First Amendment, or so the argument goes.

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March 5, 2013 – From Palestine Herald-Press – For five years, Living Alternatives, a Palestine non-profit organization committed to families facing an unplanned pregnancy, has taught abstinence education classes at Elkhart Middle School to students in grades 6-10.

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