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Abstinence-Only Education
Last Featured: 7/9/2007

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Federal and state funding programs provide local groups with millions of dollars for "abstinence-only-until-marriage" education programs that are hailed by some as the best way to keep teenagers from having sex and to stop teen pregnancy. But increasingly, state administrators are balking at accepting these dollars, concerned that this is a one-sided approach to sexuality education that fails to give teens medically appropriate information about birth control, prevention of STDs and the option of abortion. Tune in to this edition of Justice Talking as we take an in-depth look at the legality, morality and effectiveness of abstinence-only education.

A Look at Massachusetts
Massachusetts has become the latest state to turn down federal grants to fund abstinence-only education in public schools. Supporters of abstinence say it works. Opponents say it is an unrealistic approach. Monica Brady-Myerov reports from the Bay State.

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Abstinence by the Numbers
The results of a congressionally-authorized study of four abstinence programs were released in April. It found that the programs had no effect on the sexual abstinence of youth, and that students were no more likely to have unprotected sex. Host Margot Adler speaks with Christopher Trenholm about the study.

Christopher Trenholm is associate director of health research at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. in Princeton, NJ. He directed Mathematica’s evaluation of abstinence education programs.

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Debate: Abstinence Education
Does telling young people to wait until marriage work? Should they learn about contraception and sexually transmitted diseases as part of sex education? William Smith of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States and Valerie Huber of the National Abstinence Education Association debate the effectiveness of abstinence education.

Valerie Huber serves as executive director for the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA). Prior to her position with NAEA, Valerie provided oversight and policy guidelines for state-funded abstinence programs in her position as Ohio's Title V coordinator and abstinence manager.

William Smith is vice president for public policy of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). Prior to joining SIECUS, Mr. Smith was manager of the Religion and Public Values Program at The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

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Interview with an Abstinence Educator
Host Margot Adler talks with Dan Bailey of Just Say YES about his approach to teaching abstinence in schools.

Dan Bailey is the founder and executive director of Just Say YES - Youth Equipped to Succeed. In 1999, after 22 years of experience with two Fortune 500 companies, Dan left the corporate world to become the executive director of Aim For Success, one of the nation’s largest providers of abstinence programs.

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Sex, Religion and the American Teenager
Host Margot Adler speaks with author Mark Regnerus about how organized religion shapes the sexual practices and values of teenagers.

Mark Regnerus is the author of Forbidden Fruit: Sex and Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers. He is also an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Texas, where he is also a faculty research associate with the Population Research Center.

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A Teenager’s Perspective
Erica Granados-De La Rosa is a peer educator in a sex education program at the Latin American Youth Center in Washington, D.C. Erica interviewed youth from her program and from around D.C. to hear their experiences and opinions about sex. She worked with independent producer Shea Shackelford.

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