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Abstinence education is effective in reducing sexual activity among youth, according to a study published in the February 2010 Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine conducted by University of Pennsylvania researchers.
The students in the abstinence class initiated less sex, had fewer sexual partners and had more pronounced risk reductions compared to those receiving safe-sex and comprehensive sex education.
Leslee Unruh, president and founder of National Abstinence Clearinghouse, said abstinence programs showed "kids there are too many great things riding on their future to risk it to STDs, pregnancy and broken hearts."
"Finally, a study that proves what those of us who have been teaching abstinence have known for years," she said, "these programs help develop self-control and self-esteem, teaching kids they do not need to fall prey to the game of Russian Roulette with condoms."
More than 600 high-risk African-American students, in grades 6-7, took part in a study that confirms what pro-life leaders have said for years.
Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the 16,000 member Christian Medical Association, said science has finally caught up with logic.
"Parents have known for centuries," he said, "by empirically demonstrating that equipping teens to abstain from sexual activity is an effective way to prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases."
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