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Abstinence-Only-Education Works About As Well As Absinthe-Only-Education

25 March, 2008

This just in:  Abstinence only sex education does not work.  It is about as effective at preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases as this stuff:

Absinthe — Helps you forget all you learned.

ABC News had this report last night:

The political and ethical debate over what to teach teenagers about sex is being reinvigorated after a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that one in four teenage girls has a sexually transmitted disease. Now some say the study, the first of its kind, reveals why it’s so important to teach teens not to have sex at all; others argue that the study proves that federally funded abstinence-only education isn’t working.

Stoking the fire, a study published in the April edition of the Journal of Adolescent Health found that those who received comprehensive sex education were 50 percent less likely to become pregnant than those who received abstinence-only education. The study also found that those who received comprehensive sex education were 60 percent less likely to become pregnant than those who received no sex education at all.

“I do think that there’s strong evidence that comprehensive sex education is more effective at preventing teen pregnancies,” said Pamela Kohler, lead author of the study and program manager at the University of Washington’s Center for AIDS and STD. “I think we pretty much debunked the myth that comprehensive sex education causes teenagers to have sex.”

From  major-league asshole Jame’s Dobsons group of neo-fascists Focus on the Family:

President Bush’s 2009 budget proposal includes $204 million to support Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE), but dozens of liberals in Congress want all abstinence money axed from the budget.

Seventy-six representatives — all abortion supporters — have signed a letter sponsored by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., asking the House Appropriations Committee to cut all abstinence-education funding. The letter follows another letter, sent by Reps. Lee Terry, R-Neb., and Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., urging support for CBAE funding and current guidelines.

The debate surfaces on the heels of a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shows one in four teen girls in the U.S. has a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

“With 3 million teen girls infected with STIs, safer sex in adolescents does not exist,” said Linda Klepacki, sexual health analyst for Focus on the Family Action. “For the current and future health of teens, we must teach them how to have strong relationships not based on sex.”

No sex education equals higher disease and pregnancy rates.  Absinthe abstinence only education yeilds the same results.  Therefore, according to the logic-free right, we need more abstinence-only education.  Guess what, idiots:  when you take education out of sex-education, you get sex.  At younger ages.  With fewer precautions.

Obviously, Focus on the Family has different priorities:  They want uneducated girls whom they can rape.  They want girls to have lots of children (Quivver Full).  They want teens who do what teens naturally do to be punished.  They want to have free access to their women, and they don’t want them to know what is going on. 

Not only that, don’t Catholic Priests go through abstinence-only-sex-education?  Damn.  That worked really well.

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16 comments

  1. I think I’ve said somewhere else, the Catholics didn’t teach us abstinence. They taught us to not be idiots. “You shouldn’t, but if you do, use a damn condom.” The focus was less about the sin and more about not fucking up the lives of up to 7 people. This was an all-boys school. I don’t know what they taught the girls, but I never got any in high school. Fucking Catholics!


  2. Oh, and if you’ve never had absinthe, it absolutely rocks. I think a lot of people around here would really enjoy it.


  3. Bullet: I was referring to the Catholic-Priests-Molesting-Little-Boys when I typed that last throw-away paragraph. Actually, the “You shouldn’t, but if you do, use a damn condom” sounds like sage advice to me. It’s real close to my approach with my teens.

    Oh, and the absinthe? Sorry, never tried the stuff. My hard liquor of choice is scotch tidy (though I also like margharita’s on rocks).


  4. “Oh, and if you’ve never had absinthe, it absolutely rocks. I think a lot of people around here would really enjoy it”

    I agree. The bottle in the picture is Absinthe Original from La Boheme. I have a blog dedicated to Absinthe if you care to click 🙂 It’s a unique drink.


  5. I went to an all boys Catholic school and we got the full treatment… I mean the abstinence/no condoms stuff, not the molestation! They did teach us about birth control, but they told us it was wrong and why the Church thinks so. In that regard, I thought it was relatively fair insofar as we were taught about it.

    As for liquor, I have to tout the virtues of a nice, straight Herradura Tequila Blanco or Coralejo Tequila Anejo. Ahhh….


  6. Stoking the fire, a study published in the April edition of the Journal of Adolescent Health found that those who received comprehensive sex education were 50 percent less likely to become pregnant than those who received abstinence-only education. The study also found that those who received comprehensive sex education were 60 percent less likely to become pregnant than those who received no sex education at all.

    I’m surprised the FoFers* didn’t pick up on that ten percent gap and claim that it proved abstinence works. All the time.

    It’s sad. If it were up to them the sound of teenagers moaning in the back seat will disappear from the land. Another American tradition bites the dust.

    * Foes of Fucking


  7. Billy:

    I got the joke. I wasn’t arguing with you. Just using the lead-in to share something I thought was amusing. We need to work on our communication, you and I. 🙂

    My normal drink of choice is Jack Daniels, but I’ve always been attracted to absinthe because of its history in New Orleans. It’s more of a high as opposed to inebriation. Unless you’re looking for it, you won’t come across it. I think it’s illegal to sell in the U.S. but not to import or own for personal use.


  8. Absinthe is for sale in the liquor stores here on the Cape. Costs an arm and a leg, but at least you’re left with one arm to drink with and one to hop to the bathroom with.


  9. Ric: I saw the 10% difference, but missed the possibilities. Oh, well.

    bullet: Okay.


  10. absintheur: Welcome to my blog. Again, scotch is my choice (blended, not single malt (though I have had some good single malts)), the absinthe was (for me) just a little bit of alliteration.

    Lifeguard: That’s still a whole lot more than the kids who went to the Christian schools in Western Maryland and northern West Virginia — they (from what some acquaintances said) were told nothing, other than they would find out when they got married. I have no idea what the pregnancy rate among that group was.


  11. I don’t think that stuff is REAL absinthe, Ric. Most liquor stores have some sort of absinthe, but absent the bit that makes you spacey and eventually demented and catatonic like in all those 19th century paintings.

    Here’s the thing, these reports have been coming in steady for a couple of years now and the reactions are ALWAYS the same from the fundies, either they say the abstinence hasn’t had enough time to work yet or that the problem is there hasn’t been enough of it yet. Science is lost on these assholes. To a rational mind, if when a hypothesis is tested and it doesn’t pan out, you scrap the hypothesis. To the irrational, hypothesis is fact and if the results don’t support the fact, then you must keep working until they do. So, imo, this new report you can just throw on the pile with the rest. It won’t change their minds, but hopefully it’ll change enough other minds to prevent them from getting this shit passed anymore in the future.


  12. Philly: “hypothesis is fact and if the results don’t support the fact, then you must keep working until they do” pretty much defines faith, no?


  13. “hypothesis is fact and if the results don’t support the fact, then you must keep working until they do” pretty much defines faith, no?

    Well said, both of you.


  14. philly –

    From what I’ve read about absinthe, the mind blowing capacity of the drink was caused by contaminants and such in the making. The absinthe is real now, absent the bad junk. Typical marketing – don’t put the good stuff in and charge more for it. Bring back the lead and the poison, by gum!


  15. I’d say that if there was mind blowing elements, then it’s wrong to call them contaminants, and further wrong to remove them. 😉


  16. Spoken like a child of the Sixties! Good point. 🙂



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