Just plain wrong

December 3, 2004

Regular readers would know that my political persuasion in right of centre, particularly on economics, but this story is just plain wrong, even our Prime Minister, who for non-Australian readers is of a conservative persuasion, in the context of the abortion debate, defends proper sex education (in the context of a way to reduce the abortion rate)

Washington Post: Some Abstinence Programs Mislead Teens, Report Says.
Many American youngsters participating in federally funded abstinence-only programs have been taught over the past three years that abortion can lead to sterility and suicide, that half the gay male teenagers in the United States have tested positive for the AIDS virus, and that touching a person’s genitals “can result in pregnancy,” a congressional staff analysis has found.

Those and other assertions are examples of the “false, misleading, or distorted information” in the programs’ teaching materials, said the analysis, released yesterday, which reviewed the curricula of more than a dozen projects aimed at preventing teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease.