Once again, experts have testified that abstinence only sex education programs don't work. This time, groups of experts, including representatives from the American Public Health Association, the U.S. Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists testified before various Congressional groups that abstinence only sex education programs simply and plainly do not work. They do not cut teen pregnancy rates, they do not slow the spread of STIs, and do not delay age of first sexual experience.
Of course, the Bush Administration doesn't want to cut funding to these abstinence only programs (and especially not in favour of comprehensive sex education programs). The choice quote of the day award goes to Tennessee Republican representative John Duncan, who apparently said with a completely straight face, "that it seems 'rather elitist' that people with academic degrees in health think they know better than parents what type of sex education is appropriate."
(* With my own apologies to anyone now wandering around singing Broadway, or Buffy, showtunes.)