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Study: Abstinence More Effective in Preventing Pregnancy

Monday, January 31, 2005

(SNN) A recent study done among teens has shown that abstinence is the most effective way to prevent teen pregnancies and STDs. Federal funding for abstinence is set to increase to $131 million this year, which is 30 percent more than was spent in 2004.

Federal funding for abstinence is set to increase to $131 million this year

Researchers surveyed teenagers to discover what program they were using to prevent pregnancy. At the end of the study it was found that 60 percent used abstinence, 17 percent used some form of proven birth control, and the additional 23 percent used ineffective birth control methods or nothing at all. The results were astounding; 95 percent of the abstinence group was able to keep from getting pregnant or catching sexually transmitted diseases.

When a teen began to have sex, they could no longer be included in the abstinence group

The highest incidence of pregnancy and STDs came from the ineffective or none at all group, most of them teens originally in the abstinence group. When a teen began to have sex, they could no longer be included in the abstinence group. The only puzzling factor is the 5% of students in the abstinence group that became pregnant or infected in STDs without reporting that they had had sexual intercourse. Surveys were prepared anonymously by teens who were supervised by their parents.

Researchers were quick to point out that the study did have some flaws. The largest problem was that they were not able to put together an adequately sized control group of teens that had never heard of sex.

To be funded as abstinence education, programs cannot provide instruction in birth control, outside "information about contraceptive methods, such as the failure rates that are associated with the different methods," according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Health and Human Services is currently paying $4.5 million per year for a large study of several abstinence programs. Interim data that already was supposed to have been released remains unpublished.


Complaints:
"The only puzzling factor is the 5% of students in the abstinence group that became pregnant or infected in STDs without reporting that they had had sexual intercourse."

Hasn't anyone heard of immaculate conception? That would explain these special miracles. Of course just thinking about the act of sexual intercourse can make an individual pregnant. This is why at my Mullah Jimmie Dean Dobson's Boot Camp For The Sexually Aware Teen, we remove all knowledge of sex from a teens mind through thorough applications of voodoo and watching Sponge Bob backwards.

Mullah Jimmie Dean Dobson,
"Your Friendly American Religious Zealot (aka Jihadist)"
 
Well, there is some precedent for the pregnancy, but the VD raises some interesting theological questions.
 
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