…how is Texas’ Department of Health hoping to help prevent future unintended pregnancies among young women? By spending $1.2 million to build an abstinence-only website that doesn’t include any mention of contraception.
1. To be fair, while the site itself never mentions birth control, if you look hard enough, you can find links to pages that discuss birth control.
2. Abstinence only education doesn’t work:
A 2005 survey of 12,000 adolescents found that those who had pledged to remain abstinent until marriage were more likely have oral and anal sex than other teens, less likely to use condoms, and just as likely to contract sexually transmitted diseases as their unapologetically non-abstinent peers. The study found that 88 percent of those who pledged abstinence admitted to failing to keep their pledge.
(Source: Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha, Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships (New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2010), 283.)
Image source and article: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/09/27/2690281/texas-abstinence-website/
And a link to the TX website: http://www.ourtown4teens.org/
And this whole thing makes me think of this: