In National Study, Abstinence Still Pulling Its Wait
National Study, Abstinence Still Pulling Its Wait
The President can take away abstinence funding, but he can’t take away its effectiveness. And in a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics, that’s exactly what is on display. After eight years of prioritizing abstinence education, the country is finally seeing the fruit of President Bush’s emphasis on “save” sex. According to today’s report, the teen birth rate in the U.S. dropped to historic lows between 2007 and 2010 for every age and ethnic group. This is “pretty amazing,” says Brady Hamilton, the study’s co-author. Although the U.S. still has the highest teen birth rate of all industrialized countries, 16 states watched as teen birth rates fell by at least 20%, and 47 experienced an overall decline. The only states that didn’t witness any improvements were Montana, North Dakota, and West Virginia.
Researchers give most of the credit to young people, who seem to be delaying sex and using contraception. But taken together with another recently published report from the Centers for Disease Control, abstinence seems to have been the major factor. Unfortunately, when liberals took over Congress and the White House, they not only zeroed out abstinence education, but they made teaching it a disqualifying factor for federal grants. Time will tell if the birth rates can withstand the administration’s multi-million dollar, Planned Parenthood-style “if it feels good, do it with a condom” sex education. While the messages delivered at school are important in shaping decisions, the most effective messages to our young people are delivered at home–by parents.

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2 Responses to In National Study, Abstinence Still Pulling Its Wait

  1. findalis says:

    We need to teach our daughters: No man is going to buy the cow when he gets the milk for free!

    We need to teach our sons: Never marry the ones you sleep with. Always use a condom!

    Both work well.


  2. OK, it’s not very nice, but I have to ask, was the use of “wait” instead of “weight” in the title intentional? It surely fit well!!! No offense meant, it really caught my attention, so presumably it worked.


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