Teenagers who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who do not promise abstinence and are significantly less likely to use condoms and other forms of birth control when they do, according to a study released today.Once again reality fails to conform to the dictates of religious fundamentalism, to the detriment of youths who are being taught ignorance of human sexuality.
The new analysis of data from a large federal survey found that more than half of youths became sexually active before marriage regardless of whether they had taken a "virginity pledge," but that the percentage who took precautions against pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases was 10 points lower for pledgers than for non-pledgers.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Study finds abstinence-only pledge ineffective
From the Washington Post
Posted by Hume's Ghost at 12/30/2008