Saturday, December 26, 2009

Abstinence programs hanging by a thread

Posted By on Sat, Dec 26, 2009 at 9:40 AM

There's a fresh irony in the latest developments on the health-care reform front: The outcome of negotiations between the House and Senate on their different versions of reform legislation also could determine the fate of national programs that promote abstinence from sex until marriage.

Actually, the Senate's bill includes money to continue such sex-ed programs in trying to cut back on teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

The latest federal budget, already approved, took away all such funding.

A Washington Post story, found online here, describes how abstinence opponents want that concept to go away because it hasn't worked. The concept started during the tenure of President George W. Bush, with more than $150 million annually going into teaching abstinence.

Those critical of the abstinence approach insist that making young people more aware about contraception is the best and most realistic approach to cutting down on pregnancies and diseases.

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