Navigation Links
New Study - Same Verdict

Abstinence-Only Programs Don't Work!

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the release of Emerging Answers 2007: Research Findings on Programs to Reduce Teen Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Disease, a report authored by Douglas Kirby, Ph.D., a leading researcher in adolescent health, confirmed, once again, that the $1.5 billion federal and state investment in abstinence-only-until-marriage programs is a waste of taxpayer money.

The report, commissioned by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, examined both comprehensive sexual and abstinence-only education programs. Of the 48 programs included in the study, the only programs that delayed sexual initiation were comprehensive sex education programs. Moreover, the report clearly states "there does not exist any strong evidence that any abstinence program delays the initiation of sex, hastens the return to abstinence, or reduces the number of sexual partners."

"I'm not sure how many more studies will be necessary before congressional leaders like Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Appropriations Chairman David Obey get it," said James Wagoner, President of Advocates for Youth. "Yesterday's vote by House Democrats to allocate an unprecedented $141 million to failed abstinence-only programs is a slap in the face to science-based public health and places the health and safety of young people at risk."

Over ten years, a number of other reports have sent clear signals to an ideologically controlled Congress that funding abstinence-only-until-marriage programs was wrong. In 2000, the Institute of Medicine stated that the abstinence-only policy was "poor fiscal and public health policy" and recommended that the programs be stopped. By 2004, ten state evaluations (Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington) showed few short-term benefits and no lasting, positive impact on teen sexual behavior.

In 2006, the Society for Adolescent Medicine (SAM) called the programs "scientifically and ethically flawed" and found that the "efficacy of abstinence-only interventions may approach zero." That same year, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) admonished Health and Human Services for its lack of oversight in ensuring that these programs provided "medically accurate information about condom effectiveness." And earlier this year, a 10-year government-mandated study conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. showed that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs did not impact teen behavior.

"The overriding consensus of these studies sends a clear and unambiguous message that Democratic leaders of Congress continue to ignore," added Wagoner. "Abstinence-only-until-marriage programs don't work. This Congress should follow the research and eliminate funding for these failed abstinence-only-until-marriage programs."

Advocates for Youth is a national organization that promotes programs and advocates for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.

SOURCE Advocates for Youth
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Penn study finds pro-death proteins required to regulate healthy immune function
2. New study shows promise in reducing surgical risks associated with surgical bleeding
3. Study, meta-analysis examine factors associated with death from heatstroke
4. Study suggests loss of 2 types of neurons -- not just 1 -- triggers Parkinsons symptoms
5. Study says COPD testing is not measuring up
6. Preclinical study suggests organ-transplant drug may aid in lupus fight
7. Ability to cope with stress can increase good cholesterol in older white men, study finds
8. High alcohol consumption increases stroke risk, Tulane study says
9. Mailman School of Public Health study examines link between racial discrimination and substance use
10. Pitt study finds inequality in tobacco advertising
11. Stanford study highlights cost-effective method of lowering heart disease risks
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... With Fall ... heat styling tool for this month’s Facebook Hair Styler Contest. , Enter to win! ... Contest Image Answering: What Is Your Favorite Hair Style? , 3. Follow us on ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... , ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... for children with autism, PediaPlex , a Southlake, Texas, child development and ... ABA Therapy and educating military families about their options for receiving this ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Bambeco, Inc., the premier brand for designing, ... closed on a $20.5 million funding round led by ABS Capital Partners, a ... continued rapid growth and expansion, broaden the Company’s product offerings, and expand its ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... Vereb has been named the organization’s Executive Vice President of Operations, and three ... to key leadership roles in the company. , Debbie Vereb’s appointment to Executive ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... Curly Hair Solutions® is thrilled ... Toronto, an exhibition featuring the newest products and services to hit the market ... be more excited to unveil their recent partnership with Trade Secrets, a leading ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2015)... 2015 Given the intricacy of the ... to deliver an ophthalmic drug effectively to a specific ocular ... ocular drug delivery. These include dilution of a drug by ... conjunctiva and drug permeation issues with respect to the cornea, ... eye drops, is lost due to the aforementioned barriers. ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... N.J. , Oct. 12, 2015  Shareholder rights ... a securities fraud class action complaint was filed in ... Jersey.  The complaint alleges that officers and directors of ... Act of 1934 between September 15, 2015 and October ... about Amicus Therapeutics, business prospects.  Amicus is a biopharmaceutical ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... 12, 2015  Millions of smokers worldwide have used ... of tobacco. An April 2015 study released ... showed electronic cigarettes to be up to 95 percent ... a decade after the technology was first introduced the ... --> --> Palm ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: