Do sex education programs that emphasize abstinence really work? The issue is on the boil thanks to rising teen pregnancy rates and the high profile of Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol, herself an unwed teenage mother. Now a pair of new studies reveals a complex answer to a flashpoint debate in the culture wars.
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A jump in America’s teen birth rate – after 14 years of declines – is sharpening the debate over sex education in the nation’s schools. The increase, reported Dec. 5, 2007, renewed calls from some quarters to curtail federal funding for abstinence-only education programs, which have been strongly promoted by the Bush administration. Others, however, [...]
The debate on how best to teach youth about sex is polarizing the nation. Everyone wants to reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease – and everyone agrees that abstinence would do that. But parents, medical professionals, religious groups and policy-makers are locked in fierce debate about what information to include in public schools’ sex [...]