Science Catches Up with Common Sense: Abstinence Works Better Than Condoms

Feb 5, 2010
Topic: Update

Read the Sex Education study results here.

Will this woman (or someone like her) below be across the street from your kids’ school, handing out condoms soon?

Condom/"Comprehensive Sex Education" on Display at Texas Capitol

This woman above was handing out condoms at the Capitol after the Texas Rally for Life.

Good news this week: a study released on Monday reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that students who are taught abstinence-only sex education are less likely (33%) to engage in sex than students who were taught other methods (48%), including condom use.  Texas is not an abstinence-only state.  In Texas, schools do not even have to teach sex education.  However, if a school teaches sex education, they must teach about abstinence more than any other method and tell students abstinence is the only 100% effective way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. 

During the 2009 Texas Legislative session, Planned Parenthood and Austin liberals tried unsuccessfully to pass a law to ban abstinence-only teaching in public schools.  Click here for details about their failed effort.

Since this is now proven to be the best approach, it should follow that abstinence-only teaching will be the leading method of sex education, yet we expect a huge fight over this in the next legislative session.  Recently, President Obama has cut federal funding for abstinence-only sex education in public schools. 

 Jonathan Saenz, director of legislative affairs, said this about the study: “Now that science and research have caught up with common sense, I hope educators will use their time and our tax dollars wisely by teaching students what works best, abstinence.”

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