February – January 2009: Abstinence / Long-Term Consequences of Sex Outside Marriage

The Long-term Consequences of the Hook-up Culture Abstinence Researcher Says New Study Conclusion Bashing Virginity Pledges is Faulty Modest Is Hottest Virginity Pledges: Still a Good Idea NEW!  Teens and Virginity Pledges The Popularity of Teen Pregnancy Parents Speak Up National Campaign — 4Parents.gov NEW! Condom Effectiveness in Teens & Young Adults Condoms: Do Kids Use Them? Do They Work When They Do? NEW!  Teens and Sex: As Bad As We Think? NEW!  Commentary: Henry Waxman & the Sexualization of Our Children NEW!  Commentary: Looking at Both Sides of Sex Education… The Long-term Consequences of the Hook-up Culture http://www.eppc.org/publications/pubID.3644/pub_detail.asp     Abstinence Researcher Says New Study Bashing Virginity Pledges is Faulty. A leading researcher into the effectiveness of abstinence education says his own research using the same data shows quite different results from a new study that bashes the quality of virginity pledges. Robert Rector, a senior research fellow on domestic policy at the Heritage Foundation, questions the new study [http://www.lifenews.com/nat4681.html] from Johns Hopkins University. “It was really quite extraordinary that you find in this survey that kids who took this very brief exposure to virginity pledges have dramatically better life outcomes compared to kids from the same socio-economic background,” Rector told CNS News. He said it included “dramatically lower rates of teen births, abortion rates down, teen sex down, out of wedlock births down, number of sexual partners down a third to a half compared to kids from a similar socio-economic backgrounds." Rector says the results of research — including the new JHU study — show that youth who come from a religious background have better training and...

Condoms I

Condoms are often portrayed as a means of "safe sex" to provide protection from pregnancy and all STDs. It should be noted that generically (all races, ages, & marital status) condoms fail to prevent pregnancy about 16% of the time, and condoms provide only minimal protection at best against any STD,  including HIV/AIDS.     For a Fact Sheet on Condoms, visit: http://www.hli.org/http://www.hli.org/http://www.hli.org/condom_expose_complete.html or http://www.hli.org/Fact%20Sheet%20on%20Condom%20Failure.html   A draft report for the UN's AIDS agency found that even when people use condoms consistently, the failure rate for protection against HIV is an estimated 10 percent (10%), making them a larger risk than portrayed by many advocate groups. The final study, published by the United Nations AIDS agency (UNAIDS) shows that condoms are ineffective in protecting against HIV an estimated 10% of the time. "The admission from the UN, which is far lower than some studies which have shown larger than 50% failure rates, is a blow to populations control activitst which have aggressively and misleadingly marketed condoms in the third world as 100 percent effective." The report examined two decades of scientific literature on condoms, and UNAIDS says that lead author Norman Hearst "makes a cogent argument that we should be talking about safer sex, not safe sex, with condoms." [emphasis added]  The Boston Globe quotes Edward Green, a senior research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, saying the one in 10 failure rate of condoms protection from AIDS is "not good enough for a fatal disease." He said, "The way condoms are marketed in Africa and other develping parts of the world is as if they were 100 percent safe. Condoms have brand...