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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Teens having sex despite making virginity pledges



Mom_jobrosrollingstoneHey Mommas, did you ever sport a promise ring? What about a necklace advertising your intention to remain pure until marriage?

Hundreds of thousands of youth across the country have participated in so-called virginity pledge programs -- including famous tween heartthrobs, the Jonas Brothers and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, who defended the JoBros for the practice. The programs are designed to help stem the numbers of teens having sex by rooting their decision in faith. But the results of a new study are dispiriting. The study shows that youth who make virginity pledges are just as likely as those who don’t to engage in premarital sex. In other words, the data shows the programs don’t work.

But that hasn’t stopped youth pastors from promoting abstinence programs. Most think the study is flawed. Check out the discussion by the St. Petersburg Times and with youth pastors.

-- Sherri Day

[The Jonas Brothers on the cover of Rolling Stone giving their sexiest looks]

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:58am]


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