Jewish World Review Dec. 13, 2004 / 1 Teves, 5765
Abstinence works, every time
New federal statistics show a continued decline in the rate of out-of-wedlock birth suggesting the potent, positive impact of the recent federal emphasis on abstinence education.
As Dr. Wade Horn of the Department of Health and Human Services sagely observes: "We don't need a study, if I remember my biology correctly, to show us that those people who are sexually abstinent have a zero chance of becoming pregnant."
Supporters of condom distribution remain unconvinced, however, and James Wagoner of Advocates for Youth responds: "The only 100 percent way to avoid a car collision is not to drive, but the federal government sure does a lot of advocacy for safety belts."
What he doesn't mention is that we strictly limit driving privileges to citizens over age sixteen even if fifteen year olds used seat belts and we strongly discourage driving without a license.
Doesn't it make similar sense to discourage intercourse without a wedding license?
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