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Posted on 11/19/2009 9:28:31 AM PST by bs9021
Abstaining from Accuracy
Malcolm A. Kline, November 19, 2009
In a classic case of missing the point, public health officials and their stenographers in the media are blaming the spread of sexually transmitted diseases on sex education that promotes abstinence. American squeamishness about talking about sex has helped keep common sexually transmitted infections far too common, especially among vulnerable teens, U.S. researchers reported Monday, Maggie Fox wrote in an article that Reuters distributed on November 16, 2009. Latest statistics on chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis show the three highly treatable infections continue to spread in the United States.
Outside of activities such as prayer breakfasts, such squeamishness is becoming harder and harder to find in the United States every day. She must have really done some digging to unearth such reticence.
The administration of President Barack Obama has signaled a willingness to move away from so-called abstinence-only sex education approaches promoted by his predecessor, George W. Bush, and conservative state and local governments, Fox writes. Several studies have shown such approaches do not work well and that it is better to encourage abstinence while also offering children and teens information about how to protect themselves from diseases as well as pregnancy.
Actually, something has to be tried first before it fails. As Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council points out, 17 states refused funding for abstinence education programs.
Meanwhile, a study from the University of California at Berkeley, not a hotbed of religious fundamentalism, shows that voluntary abstinence does indeed coincide with fewer STDs....
(Excerpt) Read more at academia.org ...
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