Teenage virginity pledges are ineffective. This time, the study shows that those who take the virginity pledge are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who don't, the latter are more likely to have unprotected sex and the pledgers have a higher rate of STDs. They have a low opinion of condoms (and I suspect it's because they are taught that they are ineffective.)
Our government invests in abstinence only sex education which has been proven time and time again to not work. You would think in a so called first world country that we'd get with the program, deal with the fact that kids will be kids as they have always been and teach them to protect their young lives from dangerous diseases and unwanted pregnancies.
The article above is quite interesting and goes further than previous studies.
I grew up Catholic in a time where we were strongly encouraged to not even lie in a bed with a boy before marriage. We were taught that birth control was evil. It was no wonder that so many Catholic girls were getting married before they even finished high school. It's no wonder that there were so many dysfunctional large families in church on Sunday with impossibly overwrought young mothers. So what is it with the new religious right and their insistence upon abstinence only education? Misery loves company? Is that it?