Virginity pledge

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A virginity pledge is a commitment, usually made in a group, to practice abstinence until marriage. These pledges are usually symbolized by purity rings, or covenant cards.[1]

According to the Heritage Foundation, teens who make virginity pledges enjoy the following life outcomes [2]:

  • Are less likely to experience 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;
  • Are less likely to engage in risky unpro­tected sex; and
  • Will have fewer sexual partners.