Abstinence makes the id grow fonder

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This via Ideopolis, the useful blog of the Moving Ideas Network:

A new study of 12,000 teens released from Yale and Columbia Universities found that teens who pledged to remain virgins until marriage were more likely to take chances and participate in sexual acts that increase the risk of sexually transmitted diseases. This follows a series of similar studies which have come to the same conclusion. When will this administration learn that abstinence-only education programs won’t stop teen pregnancies and STDs?

Answer: Not soon! As as been exhaustively—and fruitlessly—noted, the Bush administration doesn’t do the Enlightenment, and has never passed up an opportunity to spurn expertise and put politics above mere science.

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