Anti- Abstinence Groups Tout Teen Statistics to Make a Case for Mandating Contraception- Based Sex Ed for Youth
Washington, DC (February 9, 2012) A report released by the Guttmacher Institute on February 8, entitled U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births, and Abortions, 2008: National Trends by Age, Race and Ethnicity, shows the steady decline through 2008 of teen pregnancies, births, and abortions. While the data provides encouraging news in each of these areas, the authors of the study fail to credit the increasing numbers of teens who are waiting for sex. Instead, they disingenuously assert that the decline is primarily due to increased contraception use. “It is troubling that there is a continual effort by anti-abstinence groups to apply a misleading interpretation data to promote their ideological agenda,” stated Valerie Huber, Executive Director of the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA).
The study ignores the fact that abstinence education was being provided in one quarter of American schools during 2008, the year of the recently -released statistics. These same programs have shown to be effective in reducing sexual initiation as well as limiting the number of partners among the sexually active. Huber added :“ The contraceptive sex education lobby oversimplifies the reasons for the decline of the complex social problem of teen sex. Unfortunately, this is a disservice to finding real answers to the problem of teen sexual activity.”
NAEA congratulates the teens who are making increasingly healthy choices. CDC data reports nearly 75% of 15-17 year old teens are not having sex, the age group typically receiving sex education in schools. NAEA is committed to reinforcing these healthy choices with effective Sexual Risk Avoidance programs.
NAEA calls on Congress to correct this disturbing misuse of power and assure that states are afforded the continuing opportunity to make use of this vital Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) program.
Read the entire Guttmacher report here.
About NAEA: The National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) is comprised of leading abstinence educators and supporters who represent 2 million children across the U.S. For more information: www.abstinenceassociation.org or www.AbstinenceWorks.org. To schedule an interview with NAEA Executive Director Valerie Huber, please contact Rachel Turner at 404-285-1876