CitizenLink: Mathematica Abstinence Study Doesn’t Add Up:

4-19-2007
Mathematica Abstinence Study Doesn’t Add Up
by Wendy Cloyd, assistant editor

A study slamming abstinence-only education fails in the common sense department. Liberals are touting a study released by Mathematica Policy Research last week that claims abstinence-only education is not effective in delaying sexual activity among unmarried youth. But family advocates say many other studies show that abstinence education keeps kids safe and healthy.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hired Mathematica to evaluate the impact of federal funding of abstinence-only programs — totaling $87.5 million since 1998. Recipients of that Title V money are required to teach abstinence as the “expected standard” and that sex outside of marriage may “have harmful psychological and physical effects.”

Mathematica declared the programs it examined ineffective and possibly medically inaccurate.

Valerie Huber, executive director of the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA), pointed out that Mathematica only looked at four programs out of more than 700.

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