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From The Obvious Files: Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Doesn't Work

Yes, I know. But the Bush White House has a report that agrees with us. So guess when they released it? Friday night news dump, naturally. RH Reality

Yes, I know. But the Bush White House has a report that agrees with us. So guess when they released it? Friday night news dump, naturally.

RH Reality Check:

The news for the Bush Adminstration's abstinence-only policies just seems to be getting worse, some might liken it to a swiftly sinking boat or ship.

So a burial at sea is appropriate, and by releasing the latest federal report on abstinence-only, Impacts for Title V. Section 510, Abstinence Education Programs: Final Report, from Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. late on a Friday, that is exactly what the Bushies are doing.

"After 10 years and $1.5 billion in public funds these failed abstinence-only-until-marriage programs will go down as an ideological boondoggle of historic proportions," said James Wagoner, President of Advocates for Youth.

"The tragedy is not simply the waste of taxpayer dollars, it is the damage done to the young people who have been on the receiving end of distorted, inaccurate information about condoms and birth control. We have been promoting ignorance in the era of AIDS, and that's not just bad public health policy, its bad ethics".

"This report should serve as the final verdict on the failure of the abstinence-only industry in this country," said William Smith, vice president for public policy of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS). "It shows, once again, that these programs fail miserably in actually helping young people behave more responsibly when it comes to their sexuality," Smith continued.

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