Abstinence for All
The Baptist Press
that True Love Waits--a Christian group promoting abstinence-only education--plans to expand its operations in six African countries, thanks to a recent surge in donations. Guess they're unfazed by that report showing
that these programs are basically useless. (Put the Family Research Council
in the undaunted category as well.)
Anyway, True Love Waits's co-founder gets quoted claiming that the organization's abstinence-only message has helped reduce the HIV infection rate in Uganda. Oh, really? As I recall, Helen Epstein looked into
this issue back in 2005, and found that many of the religious groups operating in Uganda have actually been lobbying against
the two strategies that have been proven to work there: condom education and the government's now-defunct "Zero Grazing" initiative--a carefully tailored sex-ed campaign that accepted polygamy but denounced casual sex. (At this point, the Ugandan government has effectively shelved both strategies, so as not to anger USAID grantmakers.) I gather that little tidbit didn't make it into the press release.