Most people don’t wait until marriage to have sex, but abstinence-only-until-marriage education programs tell teens they should…and not much else (hence the “only” part). Despite mountains of evidence showing these programs work as well as magical thinking, stubborn anti-sex ed moralists continue to insist we ignore reality and throw millions more taxpayer dollars at the problem.
The latest Civil Discourse comic examines some further ways taxpayer money can be wasted trying to keep teens in the dark about sex.
Abstinence-only programs are actually worse than teaching teens nothing at all— at least then LGBT youth wouldn’t be marginalized, and misleading information about STDs and gender stereotypes wouldn’t be spread. Thankfully, some states are starting to turn down the money.
Also, be sure to check out another ACLU cartoon I did on abstinence-only programs here.