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Debate: Do abstinence until marriage programs work?

Ok studies shown from the link below prove that the program is not only ineffective but unethical, and causes poor health.

Point One there was sex before there was marriage.

Second sex until marriage will not stop people from having martial issues or divorce. Ex a friend of mine has a step mom who took abstinence and got married she stayed with him for years and quit because she was really unhappy.

Third an final point is though research comparing Europian culture and ours it shows that forcing abstinence on our youth without actual sex education, not only pyschology damage and conflict with parents, but forces kids to learn about sex from their peers.

There's a documentary about it called "Let's talk About Sex."

Just type into goggle "let's talk about sex documentary" or look below

www.mediaproject.org/press-room/1811

http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/press-room/get-the-facts#abonly

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    Gail . 50+

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    Nov 13 2012: In the USA, those states that outlaw sex ed in school, or require abstinence only sex-ed when sex-ed is taught, have the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country. Conversely, those states that mandate sex-ed in school have the lowest teen pregnancy rates.

    The states with the highest teen pregnancy rates refuse to learn from the states with the lowest teen pregnancy rates. It's a religious thing. It's also cruel and stupid.

    Hightest teen pregnancy rates (starting with highest)
    Mississippi
    New Mexico
    Arkansas
    Texas
    Oklahoma
    Louisiana
    Kentucky
    West Virginia
    Alabama
    Tennessee
    South Carolina
    Arizona
    Georgia

    All of the above states are RED (Republican) southern states. They have christian majorities.

    States with the lowest teen pregnancy rates?
    New Hampshire
    Vermont
    Maine
    Massachusetts
    Connecticut
    Rhode Island
    Washington
    Oregon
    Wisconsin

    These states have secular majorities.

    One might think that those anti-sex-ed/anti-abortion states would have fewer abortions. It's true with LA, MS, SC, & AZ, but not so true with the others. It's hard to watch the red states shoot themselves in the foot year after year after year. It does cause one to wonder.
    • Nov 16 2012: I am from Alabama and we have a mandatory class called "Health." It covers sex education.
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        Gail . 50+

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        Nov 16 2012: ALA CODE ยง 16-40A-2 : Alabama Code - Section 16-40A-2:

        (a) Any program or curriculum in the public schools in Alabama that includes sex education or the human reproductive process shall, as a minimum, include and emphasize the following:

        (1) Abstinence from sexual intercourse is the only completely effective protection against unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) when transmitted sexually.

        (2) Abstinence from sexual intercourse outside of lawful marriage is the expected social standard for unmarried school-age persons.

        (b) Course materials and instruction that relate to sexual education or sexually transmitted diseases should be age-appropriate.

        (c) Course materials and instruction that relate to sexual education or sexually transmitted diseases should include all of the following elements:

        (1) An emphasis on sexual abstinence as the only completely reliable method of avoiding unwanted teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

        (2) An emphasis on the importance of self-control and ethical conduct pertaining to sexual behavior.

        The Code is longer than 2,000 characters here (including spaces) will allow.

        I began my post with: "In the USA, those states that outlaw sex ed in school, or require abstinence only sex-ed when sex-ed is taught, have the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country. Conversely, those states that mandate sex-ed in school have the lowest teen pregnancy rates."

        You might call Alabama versions of sex-ed, sex-ed, but those States that have the lowest teen-pregnancy rates don't call it a LEGITIMATE form of sex-ed. It has been proven to be ineffective and counter-productive. That was the point I tried to make, as the first sentence in my post addressed.

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