AirTalk for December 29, 2009

Abstinence education in the healthcare bill

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A local couple try on their new silver rings from U.S. celibacy group Silver Ring Thing at Holy Trinity Church, on June 25, 2004 in Claygate England.

Advocates of abstinence-based sex education are celebrating a last minute addition to the Senate health bill that allows programs with proven results to compete for slices of a $100 million pie allocated for prevention of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. What constitutes success in sex education—delayed sex, reduced teen pregnancy, increased knowledge of contraception? And what place does the provision have in a health overhaul bill?

Guests:

Stan Weed, President of the Institute of Research and Evaluation; lead author of a 2008 study that showed the rate of sexual activity of Virginia teens who participated in abstinence programs was reduced by 50 percent

Bill Albert, Chief Program Officer at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy


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