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Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Loses Steam

Lawmakers, Health Groups Question Value of Federal Abstinence-Only Program

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"Even though the figures will show that it does not work all the time, it doesn't mean we should not be doing it," said Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican.

Democrats on the committee suggested that the $1.3 billion Washington has spent on abstinence-only programs over the last decade has been money wasted.

But Feinberg warned that studies looking at sex education programs of any kind are riddled with uncertainty and ambiguity, including cultural surroundings, how long students participate, and where students go when their education is done.

"There's no dominant, clearly victorious magical strategy that will solve all these problems," he said.


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