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Abstinence-only-until-marriage programs and policies are a failure, research shows

20:00 EDT 21 Aug 2017 | AAAS

(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) Two scientific review papers show that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs and policies in the United States are ineffective as they do not delay sexual initiation or reduce sexual risk behaviors. They also violate adolescent human rights, withhold medically accurate information, stigmatize or exclude many youth, reinforce harmful gender stereotypes, and undermine public health programs. Abstinence-only-until-marriage programs have been widely rejected by health professionals who care for young people, including the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

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