New Study Shows: Abstinence Education Delays Sexual Behavior
Study released same week that Virginia Governor cuts funding of effective programs
Washington, D.C. — A study conducted of the Virginia Department of Health's Virginia Abstinence Education Initiative (VAEI) concludes abstinence education is effective. Of those studied, over half of the students receiving abstinence education refrained from sexual behaviors. American Journal of Health Behavior published the study in the current Jan/Feb 2008 issue which can be found at http://www.ajhb.org/2008/32-1.htm
The Institute for Research and Evaluation tracked the behavior of seventh-graders in five different Virginia schools. The study concluded that those students receiving abstinence education were about one-half (45.7%) as likely to initiate sexual activity as students who did not receive abstinence education.
Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine announced this week that he will cut state funding for abstinence education programs, but will continue funding “comprehensive” sex education which does not result in a reduction in students engaging in risky sexual activity. Naturally, Planned Parenthood of Virginia, which profits from teens engaging in sexual activity, praised the Governor’s decision. Planned Parenthood lobbies nationally to eliminate abstinence programs for our children.
“Good policy is based on accurate information and tax funding should favor programs with proven results. Gov. Kaine needs to do his homework. He needs to re-think his decision to cut funding from abstinence programs that work, and re-consider his allegiance to faulty, ineffective comprehensive sex ed programs and the groups that profit from encouraging kids to be sexually active,” stated Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America.
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