Judge Throws Out Abstinence-Only Sex Education in Part of California

Sex education is one of those serious points of political contention between liberals and conservatives. For conservatives, it’s their way or the highway, and their way is abstinence. Never mind that no scientific research has shown that abstinence-only sex education is effective at causing students to delay sex and does not provide them with needed information about birth control and condoms when they do. That’s science after all; that thing that says global warming is real too, so they don’t consider it can be trusted.

A Superior Court Judge in Fresno County, California has ruled abstinence-only sex education falls short of satisfying a 2003 California law, which prohibits schools from having sex education classes that teach medically inaccurate or biased information. Granted that it is not medically inaccurate that if teenage girls don’t have sex, they won’t get pregnant. It is just ridiculously naive to expect teen boys and girls to fight uncounted years of evolutionary urges to reproduce, but then evolution is that science stuff again so none of that. I guess the judge, therefore, finds these types of classes to be biased. The judge has a good point, as Ricardo GuimarĂ£es BMG points out. If students aren’t being taught realistic methods to prevent pregnancy, then they really aren’t getting much of any sex education. Hopefully other judges around the country will make similar rulings, and we can see further declines in the teen pregnancy rate.