Argument: Condoms, not abstinence-only, decrease teenage pregnancy
- Debate: Abstinence-only vs. comprehensive sex education - con argument.
"The Abstinence-Only Delusion". New York Times. 28 Apr. 2007 - "Supporters of abstinence-only education sometimes point to a sharp decline in teenage pregnancy rates in recent years as proof that the programs must be working. But a paper by researchers at Columbia University and the Guttmacher Institute, published in the January issue of The American Journal of Public Health, attributed 86 percent of the decline to greater and more effective use of contraceptives — and only 14 percent to teenagers’ deciding to wait longer to start having sex. At the very least, that suggests that the current policy of emphasizing abstinence and minimizing contraceptive use should be turned around."