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The Feds Wage Sex Education Wars


The Bush administration is apparently fighting back against critics of its federally funded sex education programs, which mostly contain the abstinence-only message. The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has come out with a 40-page report on sex education programs that feature the use of condoms and other protective measures. The report criticizes these programs for not stressing the failure rates of such protections when it comes to pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

This is just the latest salvo in this war. In April, a separate federal study found there was no evidence that sexual-abstinence programs were effective in changing the sexual behavior of teenagers. Some states had already come to that conclusion themselves and were turning down federal grants (how often does that happen?) for these abstinence only program.

Will the latest report allow abstinence-only programs to regain a measure of support? That remains to be seen.


One thing to keep in mind regarding this new "study" is that the group that performed it has as one of their "core beliefs":

"The valuable role of faith and faith-based organizations in public life."

Aside from the nitpicking over semantics in some instances (i.e., "rubber dam" vs. "dental dam"), the basic problem identified is the fact that the comprehensive curricula don’t meet the “ideology” test with respect to stressing abstinence as every third word.

With my own children, I realized that I had to provide them with as much information as possible about sex education. It is absurd to think that you can just give them one point of view and expect it to "take".

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