Federally funded abstinence programs for middle schoolers had no effect, a Mathematica study concluded. Abstinence ed grads started having sex at the same age as the control group and had similar numbers of sexual partners. By the age of 16 1/2 years, half the students in both groups were abstinent. Despite fears that abstinence ed decreases condom use, there was no effect on the rate of unprotected sex.
Congress is considering reauthorizing the $50 million a year now spent to subsidize abstinence programs in schools. Why not heed the research and save some money?