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Very odd: conservative opposition to sex education

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I blogged earlier about the finding that kids who had sex education in schools became sexually active at a later age than kids who did not have sex education. From that earlier post:

Teenagers who have had formal sex education are far more likely to put off having sex, contradicting earlier studies on the effectiveness of such programs, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

They found teenage boys who had sex education in school were 71 percent less likely to have intercourse before age 15, and teen girls who had sex education were 59 percent less likely to have sex before age 15.

Sex education also increased the likelihood that teen boys would use contraceptives the first time they had sex, according to the study by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

“Sex education seems to be working,” Trisha Mueller, an epidemiologist with the CDC who led the study, said in a statement. “It seems to be especially effective for populations that are usually at high risk.”

And yet there’s opposition to sex education from the Right. That’s very weird. What are they thinking? From ThinkProgress:

During the Dec. 31 broadcast of Fox News’ Special Report, Concerned Women for America President Wendy Wright claimed that proponents of comprehensive sex education are trying to “encourage” sex because “they benefit when kids end up having sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancies and then they lead them into having abortions.” She then added, “You have to look at the financial motives behind those who are promoting comprehensive sex ed.” Watch it.

Written by Leisureguy

2 January 2008 at 3:46 pm

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  1. In the Netherlands, sex education in schools starts early and continues all the way through. Result: Unwanted teenage pregnancies among ethnic Dutch are practically non-existant. Among some other ethnic groups in the Netherlands, however, rates are higher, a triumph of culture over education.



    3 January 2008 at 10:24 am

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