A recently released review of abstinence-only programs confirms that they do not help teens delay initiation of sex, and there is no scientific evidence to warrant their widespread use.
When politics interferes with legitimate public health debates, children, teens, adults — and the truth — suffer most. The most recent dust up over sex ed isn’t new, not even for the person who planned it.
Abstinence-only-until-marriage is in the news, as is contraception and choice. While some of the news may be intended to seduce moderates into supporting the most extremely conservative GOP platform and ticket in history, the truth of their failures for the past eight years is getting national attention.
The joy of announcing her first grand-daughter-to-be highlights the failures of Alaska’s abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. Other Governors rejected federal funds. Palin accepted them and McCain will keep dishing them out. But the programs, obviously, don’t work.
Five years ago, federal funding for abstinence-only programs had ballooned and only California was refusing Title V abstinence-only funds. But the present portrait — flat funding and 25 states refusing funds — is very different.
The grim facts are these: HIV/AIDS is an epidemic of gargantuan proportion among Black people in the United States – rivaling that of African nations. But what is our government doing about it?