Study showing most teens to be virgins undercuts sex ed advocates, group says

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ALL president Judy Brown.

A U.S. government study has found that most teens are virgins, a finding which one pro-life group says has “huge significance” for sex education curricula which assume that teenagers are sexually active.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s June 2010 report is titled “Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing.”

It shows that from 2006 to 2008, 58 percent of never-married teen girls and 57 percent of never-married teen boys between the ages of 15 and 19 reported that they had never had sexual intercourse. The numbers were substantially unchanged since a 2002 study.

As in the 2002 study, the leading reason teens gave for not having intercourse was “against religion or morals,” with 41 percent of teen females and 35 percent of teen males offering this reason.

The vast majority of never-married teenagers had not had sexual intercourse in the month before the survey, with 76 percent of females and 79 percent of males reporting no sexual relations.

The American Life League (ALL) claimed that the report builds a “solid case” against Planned Parenthood’s promotion of “sex education devoid of morality or religious influence.”

The pro-life group cited Planned Parenthood Federation of America official Vanessa Cullins, who in a YouTube video for teens told them “admit that you are a sexually active individual like most of us, and that you are going to have sex and that you need to take precautions in order to stay healthy.”

ALL president Judie Brown said the study had ramifications for sex ed programs in schools.

"This study has huge significance for our nation's public and even private schools - many of whom have been regurgitating Planned Parenthood's dangerously inaccurate sex-education curriculum," Brown commented.

The number of “sexually experienced” teens peaked in 1988 at 51 percent. ALL notes that the decline in sexually active teens has coincided with the increased popularity and availability of abstinence education.

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