Why teach abstinence?

goodBadSignAs a society, we’re slowly progressing. We’re molting, leaving the Age of Capricorn and entering the Age of Aquarius.

We are in a new age. And now that we’ve entered it, we need to rid ourselves of antiquated healthcare practices perpetuated by atavistic superstition and dogma.

We need to base our healthcare practices off of science, statistics, and common sense, not ideology.

In short, we need to eradicate abstinence-only education.

I’m wearing my cerebral Kevlar, locked and loaded, and ready for battle.

My commentary isn’t meant to inspire ire or jubilance, but rather provide a logical argument against abstinence-only education.

It’s time that we, healthcare professionals, hash this out.

Our job is to prevent disease, save lives, and ‘do no harm.’

And statistics show, overwhelmingly, that abstinence-only education is positively correlated with teen-age pregnancies and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.

Yep, teens exposed to abstinence-only education are more likely to have sex than kids who don’t!

Yet, for whatever reason, many high school nurses keep on teaching abstinence-only education, some because they want to, and others because they must.

However, as nurses, we must advocate for our children, as their lives depend on it.

“Once again, we’re human, and we’re all sinners.”

I, personally, couldn’t teach abstinence-only education, just like I couldn’t teach that the world is flat or that the sun revolves around the Earth. I’m not trying to be an ass, but come on.

Okay, now I’ll give you two good reasons why abstinence-only education doesn’t work.

Firstly, we’re human. We’re sexual creatures, and we begin experimenting sexually sometime after puberty –some of us earlier than others.

Secondly, sex is fun. Yep, I said it, we enjoy having sex. And the more we tell teens they shouldn’t have sex, the more likely they will.

Why? Well, because they’re teenagers and teenagers rebel.

Alright, alright, some of you’re probably thinking: “It’s against the Bible, my child needs to wait till marriage, and if you teach them comprehensive sexual education they’ll be more promiscuous.” Well, that argument is absurd. It just isn’t true.

Once again, we’re human, and we’re all sinners.

Go ahead, just ask St. Augustine.


States with abstinence-only education

Abstinence-only education and teen pregnancy

Abstinence policies and programs

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