Let’s be as clear as we can about this: Abstinence only education did not work, even though it was strongly promoted by the Bushies.
From the Guardian:
Bush years saw teen pregnancies rise
Pregnancies and syphilis rose sharply among generation of girls urged to avoid sex before marriage
I guess telling teen age children what they must refrain from sex does not work. Who would have thought? Not giving them information about how to protect themselves when having sex leaves them more vulnerable to pregnancy and disease. Wow!
According to the article, defenders of abstinence only education claim that the results show that abstinence hasn’t been pushed hard and consistently enough. That seems to ignore the fact that with such education things have gotten worse.