Premarital Abstinence Pledges Ineffective, Study Finds
I have yet to find the actual study on which this article is based; if anyone finds it, please let me know.
I am soooo glad I'm not a teenager these days. When I was, no one was pressuring me to have sex (not that others weren't having it, nor that I didn't have opportunities), and I remained pure until my wedding night. The simple and unarguable fact is that abstinence works every time it's tried.
The proper question is not why abstinence is "ineffective," but why it's not being tried. I think the answer lies in this quote from the anti-abstinence faction:
"There's been a lot of work that has found that teenagers who take part in abstinence-only education have more negative views about condoms," she said. "They tend not to give accurate information about condoms and birth control."Might the fact that condoms have up to a 14% failure rate have something to do with that "negative view"? Would you fly in a commercial airliner that had a 14% chance of crashing? But I think there's an easier answer.
Abstinence doesn't sell. Sex, and condoms, do. Follow the money. To me, there are many vested interests in kids having sex, not to mention the fact that the media rams it down their collective throats. And, way too sadly, often their own parents expect and encourage it. How much support do kids who make these pledges get from anyone, especially in the school system? (I would hope they'd get it from their churches, but maybe THAT doesn't even happen!)
One other thing: In this day and age of "childhood obesity," what if kids were taking pledges to become more physically active, but weren't doing so? Would we see a study or a headline saying, "Exercise Pledges Ineffective, Study Finds"? I doubt it.
UPDATE: Nice dissection of this study by William McGurn in the WSJ.