Debate:Does Abstinence Only Education help or hurt us?

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There is no question about abstinence only sex education versus no sex education, or about Abstinance plus (condoms and pills) education versus education based just on condoms and pills, but I have yet to see any source that recommends that Abstinence only is better than Abstinence plus at reducing lifetime sexual partners, increasing age of first sexual encounter, decreasing unwanted pregnancies, or decreasing the number of abortions; Children who get abstinence only education are more likely to have sex with out a condom, why go with AO instead of AP? --Brendanw 18:05, 19 February 2009 (EST)

AO Hurts

Children reaching puberty should know all there is about sex. Not excately EVERYTHING but only the essentials. Abstinence should always be taught but not the only topic. Abstinence is till the best form of birth control. It only failed once. ;) GordonF 19:05, 15 March 2009.

It hurts. ALOT. If abstinence only were taught only, without teaching the kids any knowledge of contraceptives and birth control, if they do decide to give in to their primal "urges", they have no other alternative to keep them from having an unplanned pregnancy. Abstinence is alright, but the kids need to be taught that there are other alternatives if they feel the need to do so. --MikeEtc 14:25, 2 April 2009 (EDT)

It doesn't just hurt, its unfair to people who have no issue with premartial sex. Shouldn't the kids (and their families) who are ok with it be given access to the information?--CainR 16:35, 21 January 2010 (EST)

I agree completely, it's hypocritical of us to call liberals out on their omission of things they aren't comfortable with, but we are no better if we can't see that by only teaching abstinence, we are not properly preparing these kids to make their own decisions about sex. Furthermore, it is downright dangerous not to teach about responsible condom use, because a high percentage of abortions occur when kids (and that's the only real way to describe these people) make the foolish mistake of have young, unprotected sex and then find themselves ill-equipt to raise a child.--Flounder19 00:29, 5 August 2010 (EDT)