Let’s all show our surprise that abstinence education doesn’t work.
Programs teaching U.S. schoolchildren to abstain from sex have not cut teen pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases or delayed the age at which sex begins, health groups told Congress on Wednesday.
Teens will have sex. Who knew? And they will make bad choices, as well as “bad” choices. Yet, if the information is structured with a “just say no” pretense, everything will be okay. People who believe that should not be in charge of anyone else’s money. They probably shouldn’t operate heavy equipment, either.
More pathetic, though, is the resort to ad hominem from our culture warriors, aka politicians.
Rep. John Duncan, a Tennessee Republican, said that it seems “rather elitist” that people with academic degrees in health think they know better than parents what type of sex education is appropriate. “I don’t think it’s something we should abandon,” he said of abstinence-only funding.
I guess “elitist” is the new “for the children.” But about those parents providing preferred types of sex education, if they’re the ones teaching their children abstinence, why is the federal government spending taxpayer money on something that parents know how to teach? Isn’t there an implication that parents won’t provide their children the appropriate type of sex education if it’s not funded by taxpayers? I guess that doesn’t qualify as “elitist”.
Link via John Cole.