Abstinence Education Backers Present Evidence of Success to Congress
by Steven Ertelt
May 5, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Abstinence education backers took their positive message to Capitol Hill last week to tell the success stories of abstinence programs to lawmakers. In Congressional hearings on April 29, leading experts presented evidence showing these programs use an evidence-based approach that works for young people.
The hearings featured new evidence-based analysis called Abstinence Works, which identifies 40 national studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of abstinence education among students.
Lawmakers heard about a study by nationally known researcher Dr. Stan Weed which debunks the myths about abstinence education and shows that abstinence programs actually outperform "comprehensive" sex education programs.
Two students spokes about the positive effects of abstinence education that extend to all areas of their lives.
Valerie Huber, the director of the National Abstinence Education Association, told LifeNews.com that the goal of the hearings was to bypass the major media’s generally negative portrayal of authentic abstinence education.
She wanted to deliver the truth directly to lawmakers as they gathered evidence for future funding decisions.
"After today, it can no longer be said that the so-called comprehensive sex education has more research of effectiveness, nor can it be said that abstinence education is a failed approach," she said.
"An honest analysis of the evidence is decidedly on the side of abstinence. If policy makers care about funding programs with promise and effectiveness, then abstinence education should continue," Huber added.
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