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

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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