As many who know me are aware, I am a vocal critic of the ludicrous (and lunatic) "abstinence only" crowd, whose notions about sexuality and chastity are harming the young people who are influenced by their fear-based, repressed dogma. I have cited not only my own 30 years of experience as a therapist working with young people, but also study after study that show that "abstinence" as policy or doctrine for guiding teenagers about sex is not only ineffective, but harmful.
Well, here's an excerpt from another article citing more statistics backing up reality. The piece is entitled, "The Pro Teen Sex and Unwanted Pregnancy Movement," by Christina Page (author of "How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: Freedom, Politics and the War on Sex" and spokesperson for birthcontrolwatch.org.)
"Turns out pro-life states, those that are prone to tell kids that abstinence is the only proven contraception, and discourage use of actual contraception, then wag their finger at the less 'morally superior' states, are where high schoolers are:
· more sexually active
· more likely to have had sex before the age of 13
· more likely to have four or more sexual partners."
Yep! Read that again slowly, then read on:
"Turns out that to be 'pro-life' is to be pro-your-young-teen-having-a-risky-sex-life. In addition, the states that are witnessing the most dramatic drop in teen pregnancies are the most solidly pro-choice ones (CA, VT, HI, AK) while the ones where teen pregnancy rates are declining most slowly are anti-choice (NE, MS, WY, OK)."
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