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Study: “Virginity pledges” don’t delay sex

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And, alarmingly, those who so pledge are less likely to use condoms when they become sexually active.
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Teenagers who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who do not promise abstinence and are significantly less likely to use condoms and other forms of birth control when they do, according to a study released today.
The new analysis of data from a large federal survey found that more than half of youths became sexually active before marriage regardless of whether they had taken a “virginity pledge,” but that the percentage who took precautions against pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases was 10 points lower for pledgers than for non-pledgers.
“Taking a pledge doesn’t seem to make any difference at all in any sexual behavior,” said Janet E. Rosenbaum of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, whose report appears in the January issue of the journal Pediatrics. “But it does seem to make a difference in condom use and other forms of birth control that is quite striking.”
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Sounds like whatever our religious outlook, we’d better be sure our kids get a frank and honest sex education, including contraception and disease prevention.


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December 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Abortion laws may not reduce abortion rates

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If the pro-life community succeeded in re-instating Roe v. Wade, would it get what it’s after? I’ve wondered about this for some time: Is outlawing abortion effective?

It may not be; in fact, it may be true that those who work to address the reasons abortions occur have contributed more to abortion’s decline than those who have cheered for a return to Roe. Would it not be ironic if we discovered Democrats have done more to reduce abortion rates than Republicans have?

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ROME, Oct. 11 — A comprehensive global study of abortion has concluded that abortion rates are similar in countries where it is legal and those where it is not, suggesting that outlawing the procedure does little to deter women seeking it.
The data also suggested that the best way to reduce abortion rates was not to make abortion illegal but to make contraception more widely available, said Sharon Camp, chief executive of the Guttmacher Institute.
In Eastern Europe, where contraceptive choices have broadened since the fall of Communism, the study found that abortion rates have decreased by 50 percent, although they are still relatively high compared with those in Western Europe. “In the past we didn’t have this kind of data to draw on,” Ms. Camp said. “Contraception is often the missing element” where abortion rates are high, she said.

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Perhaps there’s a principle at work here we do well to heed: force doesn’t work very well. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 22, 2007 at 2:35 pm