Friday, April 13, 2007

No kidding.

Kids in abstinance only education programs are just as likely to have sex than those who did not take part in the programs.

Wow. Would have never seen that one coming.

They were also just as likely to use contraception, which isn't suprising, either.

I wonder if it's because they're kids, and they're horny. And sex is fun! And it doesn't take a genius to know that babies at 16, not so much fun.

What I did find a bit troubling is the median age kids are having sex - 14 years and 9 months (that's the midpoint, not the average...) Seems a little young to me.

Something else that's funny: the Administration's response.
Bush administration officials cautioned against drawing sweeping conclusions from the study. They said the four programs reviewed—among several hundred across the nation—were some of the first established after Congress overhauled the nation’s welfare laws in 1996.

Officials said one lesson they learned from the study is that the abstinence message should be reinforced in subsequent years to truly affect behavior.

“This report confirms that these interventions are not like vaccines. You can’t expect one dose in middle school, or a small dose, to be protective all throughout the youth’s high school career,” Harry Wilson, the commissioner of the Family and Youth Services Bureau at the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said in an interview with the Associated Press.
Read another way, this says "Maybe since this didn't work, we need more of it."

Been hearing that for years from the Left, haven't we?

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