NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Comprehensive sex education that includes discussion of birth control may help reduce teen pregnancies, while abstinence-only programs seem to fall short, the results of a U.S. survey suggest.Religion really should have no place in issues that are, essentially, scientific/fact-based endeavours. Argue about angels on the heads of pins all you want. But keep religion out of public policy, education and science as all it does is fall short and breed another generation of ignoramuses.
Using data from a 2002 national survey, researchers found that among more than 1,700 unmarried, heterosexual teens between 15 and 19 years old, those who'd received comprehensive sex ed in school were 60 percent less likely to have been pregnant or gotten someone pregnant than teens who'd had no formal sex education.
Meanwhile, there was no clear benefit from abstinence-only education in preventing pregnancy or delaying sexual intercourse, the researchers report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Two hands working...
...accomplish more than a thousand clasped in prayer: