BREAKING: Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Doesn’t Work, Huh, Who Knew?

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07/20/2009 4:38 PM |

b860/1248121952-amurca.jpgGuess what? “Years of falling rates of teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted disease infections under previous administrations were reversed or stalled in the Bush years.”

Scoop of the century, guys.

A Centers for Disease Control report goes on to say, the Guardian reports

According to the CDC, birth rates among teenagers aged 15 or older had been in decline since 1991 but are up sharply in more than half of American states since 2005. The study also revealed that the number of teenage females with syphilis has risen by nearly half after a significant decrease while a two-decade fall in the gonorrhea infection rate is being reversed. The number of AIDS cases in adolescent boys has nearly doubled.

First off, let’s take a moment to feel bad for these kids — surprise surprise, a disproportionate number of them are from the South — whose lives have changed, largely for the worse, because they were taught what certain people thought should work rather than what actually does.

Secondly, let’s make a mental note to research the Obama administration’s positions and programs on sex ed — it’s been a low-profile issue so far, but it’s vitally important that inertia and political expediency don’t get in the way of worthwhile comprehensive sex ed and support. Follow-up post tomorrow? Sure.

Thirdly, let’s shake our heads/cackle (delete to suit) at yet another we-knew-it-all-along definitive repudiation of obviously blinkered Bush administration policies. Had anyone asked us, at any point during the last eight years (several of which we were a teenager for), we could have told them that abstinence-only education, as a method of preventing teen pregnancy, ranks in effectiveness somewhere above street corners and below breakout-prone skin.