Sex Education Based on Abstinence? There’s a Real Absence of Evidence

New York Times, August 22, 2017

Religious conservatives worry that teaching teenagers about birth control will encourage premarital sex. Liberals argue that failing to teach about it ensures more unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

So it was a welcome development when, a few years ago, Congress began to shift funding for sex education to focus on evidence-based outcomes, letting effectiveness determine which programs would get money. But a recent move by the Trump administration seems set to undo this progress.

Sex education focused on an abstinence-only approach fails in a number of ways.

 

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