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Connections: Is Abstinence-only Education Still Working?


Longtime critics of abstinence-only education have been celebrating two prominent headlines this week. First there was the story of abstinence advocate Bristol Palin getting pregnant for a second time. Then there was the news out of Colorado that subsidized long-acting contraception for low-income women appears to have had a strong impact on the rate of unplanned pregnancies. Advocates for abstinence-based approaches still claim success, and they're still winning government funding. So, what works? What do the numbers say? What should our tax dollars support? Our guests:

  • Suzanne Stack, life issues coordinator for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester
  • Thomas Lickona, a developmental psychologist and a SUNY Cortland professor who wrote a book titled Sex, Love and You
  • Dr. Katherine Greenberg, assistant professor of adolescent medicine at UR Medicine's Golisano Children's Hospital
  • Kim Urbach, director of the Health Center at East High School