The shocking news is that 1 in 4 teenage girls has an STD, according to a just-released CDC study.
But the spin starts there.
You would never know by the biasedly biased Associated Press article below that the blame for the increase in STDs rests with comprehensive sex ed teaching, by which 75% of American teens are titilated, while only 25% receive abstinence ed.
And it’s not just the National Abstinence Education Association and me spouting that percentage, it’s also Guttmacher, in its typically backward way:
So here are excerpts from the AP article, defying intelligence to blame abstinence ed for the STD epidemic….
Some doctors said the numbers might be a reflection of both abstinence-only sex education and teens’ own sense of invulnerabilty….
“This is pretty shocking,” said Dr. Elizabeth Alderman, an adolescent medicine specialist at Montefiore Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital in New York.
“To talk about abstinence is not a bad thing,” but teen girls – and boys too – need to be informed about how to protect themselves if they do have sex,” Alderman said….
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said the study shows that “the national policy of promoting abstinence-only programs is a $1.5 billion failure, and teenage girls are paying the real price.”…
Teens need to hear the dual message that STDs can be prevented by abstinence and condoms, said Dr. Ellen Kruger, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans….
Not only were no abstinence ed proponents quoted, I mean, come on, asking Cecile, who makes her living from pushing sex?
I’ll help the AP. Here’s a statement about the aforementioned study from Valerie Huber, executive director of NAEA:
Abstinence education is an holistic approach to providing youth the skills to make the best health decisions concerning sexuality. A number of credible studies prove that teaching a wide-range of character building, decision-making skills, while also offering students medically accurate information on STDs and contraception, delays the onset of sexual activity in teens, and reduces risky behavior in teens already having sex.
[HT: readers Kristen and Sandy]