“Students who took part in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex as those who did not, according to a study ordered by Congress.”
Shocker. (Hat tip to Andrew.)
Yes, it’s true that not having sex is a pretty failsafe way of avoiding STIs or unwanted pregnancies. But government programmes to persuade teenagers not to have sex are not a good way to stop teenagers having sex.
The only reason for ignoring this distinction (other than wanting an excuse to moralise) would be a faith in the marvellous efficiency of the state. Which would be a pretty odd attitude for a bunch of conservatives to take.