A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Only 1 Method is 100% Effective

AP: Groups Challenge Abstinence Curriculum---

WASHINGTON - Two organizations that promote sex education are taking an unorthodox approach in their fight against federal funding of abstinence-only education programs.

Relying on a little-used law that allows "affected persons" to seek the correction of information disseminated by federal agencies, the groups said Tuesday that the abstinence education programs contain erroneous and ineffective information. They asked the Health and Human Services Department to correct it.

About three-quarters of the challenges made under the two-year-old Information Quality Act have come from industry groups concerned about regulations.

The two sex-ed organizations, Advocates for Youth and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, support educating youth about contraceptives as a means of avoiding pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

"Turnabout is fair play," said James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth. "We'll use this and any other tool at our disposal to ensure that youth receive honest and accurate sex education."

The groups claim that the curriculum used by most Community-Based Abstinence Education grantees contains false information. They called on the Administration for Children and Families to cease sponsorship of programs that fail to provide medically accurate information.
And the usual non-abstinence sex education is what has led to the increase in teenage parents, abortions, and stds. If you teach someone how to drive a car, they are going to drive it.

The only method that prevents 100% of pregnancies,abortions, and stds is abstinence.

This is the best quote from the story:

"Never in recent history has so much government money been put into so many programs with so little oversight and so little proven impact," Wagoner said.
Has he ever paid attention to what the governmetn spends money on? If he had, then he wouldn't be making such a silly statement.