Saturday, September 25, 2004

New Study Proves Virginity Pledges Work

For those who think the president's efforts to increase funding for abstinence education programs are " ill advised" read on.

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2004 ( - A new study released by the Heritage Foundation of Washington, DC proves that teens who pledge to abstain from sexual activity until marriage have "better life outcomes and are far less likely to engage in risky behaviors than non-pledgers."

The study, based on recently released data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, revealed the following:

Teens who make a virginity pledge:
Are less likely to experience a teen pregnancy
Are less likely to be sexually active while in high school and as young adults
Are less likely to give birth as teens or young adults
Are less likely to give birth out of wedlock
Will have fewer sexual partners

"This study shows that abstinence education works. Teaching kids the dangers of sex outside of marriage and empowering teens to make healthy choices offers our children the best chance of a happy and healthy future," said Leslee J. Unruh, president of the Abstinence Clearinghouse. "Virginity pledges can be an effective tool in motivating teens toward truly responsible behavior."

The Heritage Foundation study entitled "Teens Who Make Virginity Pledges Have Substantially Improved Life Outcomes" by Robert Rector, Kirk A. Johnson, and Jennifer A. Marshall is available for viewing here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a very good study. Thanks for posting it... Can we take it a step futher? There is no such thing as a "pro-abortion" person. There is only Pro Life and Choice. Since Roe v. Wade REpublicans have reduced the abortion totals per year. They have destroyed welfare for mothers who are on the roles and pregnant. It is apparent to me that they are not humane or compassionate. Kerry will fight to reduce abortion. Kerry will fight to provide women with real options (adoption, social welfare, social security, deadbeat dad protection, safe havens for infants. Kerry is the best pro-life candidate we have... As for George W., human rights does not stop at birth... He's got lots of other things to work on..

It would be good if Kerry solicit the help of his Catholic Church to curb the infanticide. I'm sure we catholics can sponsor the moms and babies in "Operation Pregnancy Protection".

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