Abstinence-Only Education Comes Roaring Back Under POTUS Being Sued By Porn Star

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Earlier this week, porn star Stormy Daniels filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump after she alleges he paid her to keep quiet about their alleged affair. Now, to be completely honest, we don’t care if Trump had sex with anyone, we have no problem with women who work in the porn industry and we don’t really want to talk about that. However, this tidbit of information is really ironic considering the Trump Administration has decided to bring back abstinence-only education.

According to a report in The Hill, Republicans at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have put an emphasis on the ineffective policy in order to reduce teenage pregnancy rates. Kelly Marcum, a government affairs legislative assistant at the right-wing Family Research Council, said she definitely feels the tide turning:

We definitely are seeing a shift. We’re really excited to see that the administration is giving some tools back to us to keep pushing that fight.

The administration has also told organizations who are applying for Title X family planning funds to include “meaningful emphasis” on “the benefits of avoiding sex” when speaking to teens and avoid using programs that “normalize sexual risk behaviors.” These directives are frightening when you consider that studies have proven abstinence-only education does not work. The Washington Post reported:

The scientific evidence is clear. While abstinence is theoretically effective in preventing pregnancy, in actual practice, intentions to abstain from sexual activity often fail. Early abstinence-only programs often contained medically inaccurate information. The most recent authoritative review of the scientific evidence comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC examined scientific evaluations from 66 comprehensive risk reduction programs and 23 abstinence-only programs. The CDC found inconclusive evidence that abstinence-only programs helped young people delay sexual initiation; nor did they change other behaviors.


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According to data, this approach simply does not work. Adults teaching children abstinence-only education is often detrimental to those who go ahead with sexual activity and have limited knowledge of protection measures. If we cannot rely upon the President of the United States to adopt an abstinence-only stance, what hope is there of convincing kids that it will work?

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