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Teen pregnancy Mike Lorine Jalisa Banks Does abstinence only prevent teen pregnancies No evidence shows that the programs are effective. The programs in this country shows only short term success. Programs do not talk about using contrepceptives. Funding the programs Federal and state abstinence promotion policies neglect to define Federal government will provide about $140 million to fund abstinence only education programs. The programs are misleading and giving false information Texas receives $4.5 million a year for abstinence which is more than any other state in the U.S. The number one state with teenage births. 2 out of the 13 federally funded programs provided students with accurate medical information In December 2004, the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Government Reform led by Rep. Henry A. Waxman released a report showing that 80 percent of the most popular federally funded abstinence-only education programs use curricula that distort information about the effectiveness of contraceptives, misrepresent the risks of abortion, blur religion and science, treat stereotypes about girls and boys as scientific fact, and contain basic scientific errors. Sex Education Obama administration created funding for programs that are proven to reduce teen pregnancy. Researcher Douglas Kirby for the National Campaign to End Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy examined studies of prevention programs which had a strong experimental design and used appropriate analysis. Two-thirds of the 48 comprehensive sex ed programs studied had positive effects. 40 percent delayed sexual initiation, reduced the number of sexual partners, or increased condom or contraceptive use. 30 percent reduced the frequency of sex, including a return to abstinence. 60 percent reduced unprotected sex. Advocates for youth undertook reviews of existing programs to make a list of effective programs 26 effective programs were identified. 23 were sex education programs which were effective and 3 were early childhood interventions. Fourteen programs demonstrated a statistically significant delay in the timing of first sex. 13 programs showed statistically significant declines in teen pregnancy, HIV, or other STIs [sexually transmitted infections]. 14 programs helped sexually active youth to increase their use of condoms. 9 programs demonstrated success at increasing use of contraception other than condoms. 13 programs showed reductions in the number of sex partners and/or increased monogamy among program participants. 10 programs helped sexually active youth to reduce the incidence of unprotected sex.
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