In a short item, the Associated Press gives us the shocking report that teaching abstinence doesn't work:
Students who participated in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex as those who did not, according to a study ordered by Congress. Also, those who attended one of the four abstinence classes reviewed reported having similar numbers of sexual partners as those who did not attend the classes. And they first had sex about the same age as other students — 14.9 years, according to Mathematica Policy Research Inc.
Of course, that's what we've been saying all along, those of us with more sense than a rock:
The federal government spends about $176 million a year promoting abstinence until marriage. Critics have repeatedly said they did not believe the programs worked.
But not surprisingly, the fanatical morons who really believe they can get kids to ignore their hormones — and the urges that the very God they believe in put there — say we shouldn't be too hasty here:
Bush administration officials cautioned against drawing sweeping conclusions from the study, saying the four programs were some of the very first established after Congress overhauled the nation’s welfare laws in 1996. Officials said one lesson they learned from the study was that the abstinence message should be reinforced in subsequent years.
Right, that's it: what we're spending all that money on doesn't work because we need to spend more money on it! Of course. But one official seems to have a better answer, which we can get by reading between the lines of a very strained analogy:
“This report confirms that these interventions are not like vaccines,” said Harry Wilson, associate commissioner of the Family and Youth Services Bureau at the federal Administration for Children and Families. “You can’t expect one dose in middle school, or a small dose, to be protective all throughout the youth’s high school career.”
That's it! Kids need an ongoing intervention, continued, ongoing doses of drugs, all the way from middle school 'til... well, 'til marriage, one could figure. And so that's it: forget about the “education”; let's just drug them, and take away their sexual interest. Simple. Effective.
Problem solved. Thank God!