…or not. The Guttmacher Institute (the research arm of Planned Parenthood) has announced that 9 out of 10 Americans have pre-marital sex, which is roughly the same as twenty years ago. It then goes on to criticise the abstinence-only education programmes funded by the Bush Administration. The survey does not mention what percentage of Americans have sex only with the person they eventually marry. Most notably, the survey includes six times as many women as men.
Ultimately, there is little rationale for discouraging abstinence because “everyone does it.” One can hardly imagine a survey that said, “Nine out of ten Americans drive drunk on a regular basis. Repeal Melanie’s Law!”