Abstinence Only Education - Colossal Fail

Few people, outside the realm of religious wingnutopia, would be surprised to learn that GW Bush’s “abstinence only” education policies didn’t actually work in curtailing teen pregnancies and STD’s among teens.
The Centres for Disease Control (CDC) says that after years of falling rates, teen pregnancies and STDs started rising after Bush was re-elected in 2005.
According to the CDC, birth rates among teenagers aged 15 or older had been in decline since 1991 but rose sharply in more than half of American states after 2005. The number of teenage girls with syphilis had risen by nearly half after a big decrease, while a 20-year fall in the gonorrhoea infection rate was being reversed. AIDS cases in adolescent boys had nearly doubled.
Southern states (the Bible Belt) tend to have the highest rates of teenage pregnancy and STDs. In addition, about 16,000 pregnancies were reported among girls aged 10-14 in 2004 and a similar number of young people in the age group reported having a sexually transmitted disease.
The CDC has also released some statistics that foretell a rather dismal prospect for “abstinence only” sex education.
* 75% of teens will have sex prior to their 20th birthday.
* The teenage birth rate in the US is the highest in the developed world.
* 1/3 of youths have not received any instruction on methods of birth control before the age of 18.
The number of teen pregnancies is double in areas where abstinence is the only method of birth control taught as opposed to areas where there is comprehensive sex education and condoms are handed out. However, religious proponents of the “abstinence-only” policies still insist that the reason for the rise is because their policies were not promoted hard enough.The Jebus community is so helpful in addressing social issues, as were the Huns in addressing diplomacy and restraint.
All "faith base" programs and financing needs to be ground into the dirt for the dangerous effect the have on America's youth.

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Comment by Jim DePaulo on August 6, 2009 at 7:38pm
I don't think we actually need any more evidence that a more rational policy already exist - the CDC stats show that. What needs to be done is to quit throwing money at the irrational fantasies of the Loons for Jeebus.
Rational thinking is not one of their long suits and statistics are, as you know, one of Satan's tools.
Comment by Ron Edwards on August 6, 2009 at 4:35pm
This is an excellent opportunity for atheist groups and org's everywhere to pick up the ball and show the wingnuts a more rational policy that actually works. I feel that atheist should work together on social issues like this and many others. By doing so, we would not only be helping and giving something to society but we would be educating theists on how we are not the evil demons that they ignorantly make us out to be.

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