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abstinence (sex): a bad idea when taught as the only line of defense against pregnancy, STDs, and AI

September 11, 2008

Definition: a good idea for those who like and choose it, a bad idea when taught as the only line of defense against pregnancy, STDs, and AIDS. Abstinence-only sex education programs reward ignorance and don’t prevent sexual activity, as research has shown. For more information on the forthcoming Unspinning the Spin: The Women’s Media Center Guide to Accurate, Bias?Free Language, click here.

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